From the mind of John Krasinski/ Jim Halpert comes A Quiet Place, a movie about a family that lives in a time of hiding. Aliens that hunt using sound have taken over the surrounding area. This film has been receiving such incredibly high praise that I decided to give it a shot. Did it live up to the hype?
Honestly, this film made me angry more than anything else as there were just a lot of things that didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The single thing that bothered me the most was the oldest daughter. She is deaf and her dad (Krasinski) has been trying to build her a hearing aid that will help her. It is impossible for her to notice any of the noise she is making so it must be a miracle that she has lasted this long with the creatures around. When the most intense scenes of the movie come around she has a few different encounters with the creatures in which she experiences a loud and painful feedback in her ear caused by the monster getting too close to her hearing aid. It isn’t until the second and third encounters does she realize that it is the creature that is causing the feedback and that it is very painful for them as well. She then proceeds to turn her ear-piece off and the creature kills her dad. This is what angered me. It has been made clear that this girl is not stupid, but it has been pretty obvious that the creatures don’t like the sound created when in proximity to the earpiece, yet she turns it off. Then later she uses the earpiece to kill them. That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
As exciting as the end of this movie is, the middle 40 minutes crawl by very slowly. The movie is only 90 ish minutes but it feels like 2hrs. The pacing of the film was definitely one of its biggest weaknesses.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt both give incredible performances in this film. It is impossible to hide a poor actor in a movie with hardly any dialogue. They both had the ability to express different types and levels of emotion using just their eyes and facial expressions. John Krasinski, in particular, does some amazing things with his eyes to convey emotion.
Though I am not sure if I would call A Quiet Place a horror movie, it has its moments. There are about 4 or 5 jump scares that can startle the audience but outside of that it is really more of a suspense thriller. I think the movie does a decent job of blending these elements together to make a really intense and sometimes scary film, that also has enough of a plot to stand out from the cliches of the horror genre.
A Quiet Place is a very complex film and there is a lot to like about it. However, I just didn’t get into it as much as I was hoping. Whether it is just not my type or if it is the little plot holes that got to me must, I don’t really know. I do think that fans or a scary/intense movie experience will have a blast watching this movie (especially the last half hour), it just wasn’t really for me.