I have been anticipating this movie for months now, and that anticipation really hit a high note after it premiered at SXSW (the DAY BEFORE I GOT THERE… still bitter) and positive reviews came pouring in. John Krasinski’s film is a smashing success.
For weeks it remained at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes… now at 98%, which is still AMAZING.
A Quiet Place is almost entirely silent. Our main characters communicate with one another using sign language, because these monstrous looking aliens have come to earth that hunt down their prey simply by listening... very intently. They’re blind and can’t smell, but the small sound of a stick breaking attracts them. Krasinski and Emily Blunt play parents to two children that are keeping safe on their farm. They’ve become experts at dodging these beings, using sand on their paths so as to not make any noise while walking and making sure everything in their home has padding underneath it to lessen noise. They’re so cautious with everything that even a small creak on the steps gives an audience member anxiety.
I absolutely loved this movie. It has you white-knuckling the arm rests of your seat for almost the entire runtime. It builds up so much tension throughout and has an incredibly satisfying payoff. Both Emily Blunt and John Krasinski gave amazing performances, but one of my favorite leading characters was Millicent Simmonds who plays Krasinski and Blunt’s daughter. Simmonds is deaf in real life and truly puts so much heart into this role. Her facial expressions help the audience member become so emotionally attached to her, and that’s one of the overall joys of this movie, you form an emotional attachment to every character without there being hardly any dialogue.
Krasinski has created an original and heart-pounding horror flick that I can’t WAIT for the rest of the world to see. 10/10 in my book.