I have been staring at this page for 10 minutes, trying to figure out where to begin with this film. A Quiet Place isn’t just a horror film – it is SO much more. It is a harrowing full-body, emotionally straining experience that will leave you holding your breath and gasping for air. Never in my life have I had a theater experience like this where the entire audience didn’t dare to make a sound…
A Quiet Place begins after some sort of alien creature has invaded America and the only way to escape its grasp is to stay completely silent. Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) and his wife, Evelyn (Krasinski’s real life wife, Emily Blunt), will do anything and everything to keep their children safe.
The silence in this film is unlike anything I have ever experienced in a theater. Yes, there are some movies that have silent scenes but the pure lack of sound in this film was what made it so distressing.
The oldest child in the film, Regan, played by the incredibly talented Millicent Simmonds, is deaf and the actress who plays her is as well. The whole cast and crew learned American Sign Language in order to truly communicate with her and make her feel comfortable on set. The scenes where we “hear” everything from her point of view are incredibly chilling and realistically showed what it would like to be in a world full of terror with no sound.
You might recognize Noah Jupe, who plays Marcus Abbott, from his roles in Wonder and Suburbicon but this movie will be the one that sky-rockets him to stardom. He is incredibly convincing with unimaginable fear in his eyes that makes you want to reach out and hug him.
I’ll be the first to say… Jim Halpert, who? The raw stress and dedication that John Krasinski exudes in this character as a father and sole protector to his family is ridiculous. You can see the strain and love he has for his wife and children in everything he does. This is by far the best acting I have ever seen by Krasinski and the most incredible part is that he also directed this film. Everything about this films cinematography was absolutely perfect from the shots to the sets to the costuming. It all makes you feel like you are right there, a part of the Abbott family, experiencing this terror with them.
Emily Blunt is also brilliant in this film and has said in interviews that thinking about her own children in certain scenes made making this movie very difficult emotionally but in turn, her performance was incredible. Also the pure, unscripted chemistry and trust between Krasinski and Blunt is one of the things that made this storyline so beautiful and real.
My number one pet-peeve about going to movies is the the people who talk during the film and I kid you not… not a single person made a sound during A Quiet Place. People stopped chewing their popcorn, only took drinks when the movie had some sort of background noise happening and I think some people were even afraid to scream during the more scary parts… It. Was. Awesome.
This film has its horror moments but the underlying message is so much more than that and you really fall in love with the characters on screen. Family is everything and Lee and Evelyn Abbott protect their children at all costs from these monsters. Krasinski has been quoted in interviews about A Quiet Place saying that this film was a “love letter” to his own children with Blunt (Hazel and Violet). To which Blunt replied, “That’s kind of messed up… Our children shouldn’t even see this until they’re at least 40,” which is both true and hilarious.
A Quiet Place has audiences and critics riveting and for good reason. This film is unlike anything I have ever seen and has secured a place as one of my favorite movies of all time. I am actually dying to see it in the theater again, as that is the only way you can fully experience this movie. Go now, but quietly, because remember… If they can hear you, they can hunt you.
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