Director: John Krasinski
Writer/s: Bryan Wood, Scott Beck (screenplay by, story by), John Krasinski (screenplay by)
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward, and more.
We sure have come a long way from watching Jim prank Dwight, huh? If you do not know what I mean, go do some research. Anyway, this is quite the project for director, writer, and actor John Krasinski and a project I have been highly anticipating for a long time. With this review, we have Krasinski’s horror film, “A Quiet Place”. Despite a PG-13 tag and the ever-so-dreadful horror genre that always can either be great or horrendous with one simple action. I have had high hopes for this film and I believe it has great promise to be a positive experience for me.
“A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.”
I expected an experience and that is exactly what I got. “A Quiet Place” is a film that fires up all of your senses and enthralls its audience. From the start, this film packs a punch and lets you know exactly what you will be experiencing for the next hour and a half. For myself, this film put me into a state of cautiousness as an audience member due to how critical silence is (and because it was so quiet I did not want to make a sound in such a silent auditorium). I can not stress any more that this film was an experience that is rarely found in cinema, especially to be viewed in a theater. That is, as long as the audience plays nicely with the concept. One mouthy audience member can easily ruin this experience.
There are a lot of pieces of this film that I appreciated much farther than what was seen on the surface. One main thing I loved was the aspect of being a parent. I could see this film hitting home hard for parents watching this film because Krasinski punches the concept of protection for ones family, hard. Evelyn and Lee’s every action throughout the film is revolved around keeping the family alive and safe during a time of constant terror and danger. That is a horror no parent would want to experience and instantly creates this film as a horror film better than most as it plays with true fear. That is, as long as you can view it from that perspective.
Another piece of the film I enjoyed was actually the concept of what these monsters are. Without spoilers, all I wish to say is that I enjoyed the design and idea of these monsters. They were truly terrifying and relentless. A big positive point in favor of “A Quiet Place”.
Although “A Quiet Place” has plenty going in favor for it, many of my readers should know there is one thing I can not stand and majorly hurts films when this happens; logical decision making. Once again, without spoilers, there is far too many actions being taken that make zero sense. On top of that certain pet peeve of mine, I also am not a fan of 1. some of the jump scares that I feel were unnecessary and 2. the monster’s way of seeking its victims. What I mean by this is the consistency behind the monsters is a tad flawed in my opinion.
Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” landed just about where I expected it to. I wanted to be shocked and awe’d by the film and I got just about that. The film was an experience like none other and presents a story and characters that I cared about and was invested in. Although some of my negatives points heavily dropped my rating from a 9 to an 8. That in no way makes this a negative experience, obviously. At film’s end I left satisfied and simply wondering how much greater this film could have been with an R rating. Emotional, suspenseful, and an unrelenting thrill ride. High recommendation here from Oberrated.
As my buddy Zack Pude says…
“Jim look intensifies”