Director: John Krasinski
Writer/s: John Krasinski, Scott Beck, and Bryan Woods
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy, and more.
“A Quiet Place” blew onto the scene in 2018 and has been a fan favorite ever since. When “A Quiet Place Part II” was announced, I am not going to lie, I received the news with skepticism because I felt like it was a proper end and an even better one shot of a movie. However, now that we obviously have the sequel upon us as well as a promising couple of trailers, I am hyped all over again for the film and its future.
“Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.”
This is a rare occasion when a sequel is equal to its original or even better than it. “A Quiet Place II” was FANTASTIC! To start off, I have to focus on simply the elements of horror and tension in the film. Right from the very start, I was beyond impressed with the impression the introduction left on me. The sequel starts off in full sprint and had me on the edge of my seat throughout it all. Once the intro was over, all I could do was smile and appreciate what I have already seen. Prepare yourself to be so immersed in the vibes of the film that you’ll be as quiet as the characters themselves.
Another aspect of this sequel that had me weary but I am extra glad to be proven wrong was, “how well can the acting be following the impressive showing of the first film?” The answer is, the acting was incredible! Emily Blunt returns as the mother bear of the family. While taking a back seat to Millicent and Noah, she is still strong as ever when utilized.
Noah Jupe might have been the weakest link, in my opinion, but still puts forth a commendable performance.
Millicent Simmonds picks up right where she left off as the workhorse of the family, post-Lee. The emotion she conveys with barely any spoken word is outstanding. She continues to show that she is a pure talent in Hollywood.
Lastly and most shockingly is the introduction of Cillian Murphy. I am a big fan of Murphy’s after binging “Peaky Blinders” recently. However, I was once again cautious because when new characters are introduced to the core main rotation, typically the fit feels forced, resulting in them not feeling too important. BUT, that is not the case with the badass that is Cillian Murphy. His introduction as Emmett is fit seamlessly into the film, and even beyond that, his involvement among the main family of survivors felt right. I could not be more happy for Cillian’s success in the film.
My last bit of praise is for Krasinski’s monsters/aliens. My lord do I love these things. They were already a force to be reckoned with in the first film, but boy do they turn it up a notch for the sequel. These guys wreak havoc on any poor victim in their way. I am talking bodies flying and a bloody massacre when the humans run into the aliens.
Now as for any form of a negative reception. I have a few bits:
Krasinski makes the “shush” gesture inside the introduction as if he knew they had to be quiet for them not to find them. While this may be a natural reaction, it just felt like the gesture was done in a way that they knew the aliens would not find them.
Noah Jupe’s Marcus goes off exploring Emmett’s building for seemingly no reason. Purpose unknown. Annoyance, high.
Djimon Hounsou’s character was painstakingly dumb.
If you saw the first, you need to see the second. “A Quiet Place Part II” is an incredible addition to the series. Krasinski and company are carefully piecing together a tour de force of a series with rumors running amok about a third on the way. Do not sleep on this sequel and especially don’t make a sound.
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