Run Time: 1 hr 30 min
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%/86%
A Quiet Place is a horror/suspense thriller starring John Krasinki (Lee), Emily Blunt (Evelyn), Millicent Simmonds (Regan), and Noah Jupe (Marcus). In this film we find out that the world has been invaded by alien creatures that have a heightened sense of hearing. As a result even the slightest noise will attract their attention and these creatures will kill on sight. The Abbott family is one of a few humans that have adapted and survived (as far as we know) in this new normal but with the upcoming arrival of a new baby, the question remains…how long can they exist without being noticed by these alien creatures? This is a very unique film idea but was A Quiet Place an action-packed thrill ride or was it as exciting as spending a Saturday afternoon in a library?
This was John Krasinski’s major motion picture directorial debut (he directed some episodes of The Office so he’s not a complete rookie to directing) and I was very impressed. This man took on the task of directing a film that had maybe 20 minutes of actual dialogue but the remainder of the film was in silence and the actors had to rely on sign language, body language, and facial expressions to convey fear, anger, sadness, pain….etc. Krasinski made some great decisions when it came to the cinematography and really conveying to the audience what lengths the Abbott family had to go through to stay under the alien’s radar from marking walking paths outside and inside the house, as well as an emergency lighting system. I look forward to seeing what else Krasinki has up his sleeve and if he can be a game changer in Hollywood.
The chemistry between the cast was also really good. I am not sure if it is because the actors had to rely on mostly non-verbal interactions but I felt like I was watching an actual family on screen. Millicent Simmons and Noah Jupe acting very well together and not at any point in the film did I think one child actor was trying to upstage the other. Their chemistry was very organic and that really goes back to Krasinki’s directing, in my opinion. Emily Blunt was phenomenal as Evelyn Abbott! I was so invested in this character and the range of emotions she experienced throughout the film were just heartbreaking at times. I cannot imagine being a mother and having to worry every day if my child just happens to forget to sneeze quietly and inadvertently puts themselves in harms way. And the labor delivery scene…honey let me tell you…. was so suspenseful that I found myself holding my breathe at times and having to remind myself to breath.
While I did love Krasinki’s directing, there is an opening scene that is used to build tension between characters later in the film (no spoilers ever!) but as I was thinking about this film, I honestly felt like that opening scene could have been omitted. I understand it introduced us to the creatures and established some family dynamics but there were plenty of other ways these things could have been accomplished. There were other moments in the film where I felt like they only happened to add shock to the film but ultimately did not progress the film forward.
As you can probably imagine, in a movie about everyone having to stfu at all times there were parts of the film I found boring. I cannot lie, ya girl fell asleep briefly but woke up when a loud jump scare happened. Those slower moments when the Abbott’s are shown just living their lives can turn some audience members off. It is for this reason that I would imagine the Audience Rotten Tomatoes score was as low compared to the Critic’s score. So if you are the type of person that needs nonstop action at all times then A Quiet Place may not be the film for you.
A Quiet Place was a unique take on a very common Hollywood storyline of alien’s invading the earth and wrecking havoc (why are we so obsessed with aliens?). But it was done very well and quite frankly and I want to watch this film again because I know there had to be some things that I missed in terms of themes, hidden meanings, clues, etc. I wasn’t a fan of some of the jump scares but other than that, it was a solid film. So this Sista Gurl recommends you leave your loud talking friend at home (loud whispering in your face with their stank popcorn breathe!) and go see A Quiet Place.