A Quiet Place

04/06/2018 07:32

Film: A Quiet Place

Year: 2018

Director: John Krasinski

Writer: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Noah Jupe

 

Review:

This was a film that I was nervous and excited to see. I had been seeing trailers for this film for awhile so it had built up to me, but that is where I was also nervous that it was going to be a let down. I do have to say, I really enjoyed this film. Now the official synopsis is a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Something interesting about this film is that it starts a little over a month after the world ended. We have a family that has gone into town to get supplies. The father is John Krasinski and his character’s name is Lee. He is also a co-writer as well as director of the film. His wife in real life, Emily Blunt, portrays his wife in this film. Her character’s name is Evelyn. They have three children. Noah Jupe, Marcus Abbott, is sick so they’ve come to a pharmacy to find him some antibiotics. His sister is Regan Abbott who is played by Millicent Simmonds. Something interesting about Simmonds is that she is deaf in real life as well as the film. This is quite important as it explains why the family knows sign language. Coming into seeing this, I was wondering how they would explain it so this was very logical.

The creatures that are hunting them are interesting. We learn from subtle clues in the film that they are blind and hunt by sound. The film slowly reveals what they look like, which is something I’m always concerned about when it comes to creature features. Even though they are CGI, I thought they looked solid. It was also interesting seeing how they operate as well. I also like how a weakness was slowly revealed. There were clues that are subtle dropped and all connect in the end.

Knowing this was a creature feature, I wasn’t expecting the depth of the story that the film had. It really delves into some thought provoking issues that people can deal with regularly in real life. There is grief and blaming yourself for what happened to someone around you. To go off that, poorly handling these feelings where you believe someone resents you. It also has feels of misogyny as Lee wants Marcus to help him with more manly things of survival where he is terrified and wants to stay with his mother. Regan actually wants to go help, but told to stay back. We get the feeling that it is because she is a girl. During their time apart I feel it is for a different reason actually which I liked.

Going from this, I didn’t realize how anxious this film would make me. Part of this I feel like was due to the use of sounds in the film. When we are really focusing on Regan we hear the bear minimum. It is simulating to what she can hear, which her hearing aids aren’t working so it can be a little bit unnerving. We also get no sound when the characters are trying to be quiet. It really builds the tension up of the scene as you are anticipating what is going to happen. Now when a monster is close, there is a very fitting theme for them that I thought worked really well. Another aspect of the film that helped was Evelyn being pregnant. In a world where you have to be quiet, childbirth and a baby are two things that definitely make this extremely difficult.

The film was edited very well in my opinion. A great deal of the film is establishing these characters and their life. It is a good set up, but we also see that even the best laid plans don’t always work. That is something you come into a film expecting though as well. The tension is built throughout the film and I thought that the climax gives us a good payoff. There weren’t any problems there for me.

Now with that said, I thought this film was pretty flawlessly executed. I was confused as to where the film takes place, as there is corn growing but they seem to be wearing clothing that is more for the fall. The problem is that leaves are green. Aside from that, I thought the story was quite deep and intriguing for me. This was pretty shocking for a creature feature. The creature despite being CGI I thought looked really good. It had an interesting concept. The sound design of the film was different and really helped to build the tension. I also thought the editing aided here as well. I didn’t really have any major issues with the film and really enjoyed it. It was one of the best films I’ve seen this year for sure. Definitely would recommend giving this one a viewing.

 

My Rating: 10 out of 10