A Quiet Place follows a family attempting to survive a post-apocalyptic environment in which the world is ravaged by an invasion of creatures that hunt solely by sound. The father (John Krasinski) and mother (Emily Blunt) attempt to retain some semblance of normal life for their children, while keeping them safe. As a series of incidents bring the creatures to their doorstep, they have to find a way to survive the night.
A Quiet Place Review
Heralded as the best horror film in years and easily the best of the year (though there wasn't much strong competition), A Quiet Place holds up to the hype in many ways, but proves standard in other areas, particularly for hardcore horror fans.
A Quiet Place doesn't break the mold with its horror elements. The creature design is familiar, an amalgamation of various monsters we've seen in other big films. Even the sound reliance isn't particularly unique, though the creatures' lack of geographical isolation normally associated with similar characteristics doesn't apply here and adds to the flavor. But the creatures are treated well and give us enough originality to appreciate them in their own right.
A fear harbored by Efrit and I (more-so Efrit) was that this film would share the tactic of It Comes At Night of keeping the horrors that lurk solely off-camera. That is not the case here. We get glimpses early and our experiences with these creatures increase exponentially as the film goes on. The tension is ceaseless because of its fantastically delivered opening sequence that gives you the feeling that no moment is truly safe.
But this opening scene also establishes the other key element of this movie, which is the strong family dynamic. As the tension and horror builds, so does our deep love for the safety of this family. We want redemption for the traumas of this world for the sake of the family. The horror is a ceaseless vehicle to the struggle of this family to not only survive, but live together in love. It's akin to the best blends of The Babadook, but trading the poetic and engaging metaphors of The Babadook with more traditional and frequent scares.
Able to see with a rather large crowd of friends, a common sentiment was a distaste for a couple of "plot holes: that were, admittedly, generated by a "need" to be especially vigilant of critique towards a film with a ridiculously high bar set for itself. I could politely dismiss most of these flaws, but one in particular I must admit crossed my mind while watching the film. None of these "flaws" in plot or motif were enough to be bothersome for me, but did affect the viewing pleasure of other patrons.
Krasinksi does a golden job in his horror debut. His acting prowess along with Blunt is only maximized by perfectly-cast children. You feel for this family. You're in terror for them. And that all comes back to Krasinski's superb directing and the gripping acting. Here's to hoping that this is the beginning of a successful career in this realm for Krasinski, similar to what we are hoping for from Jordan Peele after Get Out.
Horror Qualifier: 8/10
Horror Quality: 8/10
Film Quality: 8/10