Directed, co-written, executive produced and starred by John Krasinski, with wife Emily Blunt. This film has been highly advertised, everywhere I look there’s some reference or advertisement for ‘A Quiet Place’. Additionally, with this John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have done many interviews, in which what struck me was what John Krasinski stated the reasoning for the film was, a love letter for his children, of what he, as a father, would do for his family. After watching the film, this is completely obvious, there is a domination of the powers of the family. This element becomes beautifully done and it’s so moving. ‘A Quite Place’ is not just a horror, but instead has more to it than that.
Although saying this, this film is also a great horror, a horror I actually enjoyed, it was beautifully done to the point that I would watch it again. It is a horror of aliens, if you haven’t seen the trailer or heard anything of it… ‘A Quiet Place’ tells the story of a family who live in a locked down city taken over by blind aliens, or alien things. The story of how they got there or why they are there is never told, we know nothing of them, which adds a mysterious element. All we know is that when these things hear any noise, it comes running from afar and attacks it. Therefore, this family, father and mother (John Krasinski and Emily Blunt), and children (Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward). The family is anonymous as they live in silence frightened of any noise as death soon will follow.
To be honest, not much actually happens in the film, but somehow you watch the film wrapped in the tension, as they have been able to build tensions extremely well. The film is broken down into three days, where there is constant tension. In order to build the tension and because of the plot, the film uses eerie silence to contrast to the loud noises of the beasts hunting. Although this was a film of silence, it was very cleverly done with the daughter, who was deaf. We were constantly thrown to her hearing and the dead silence she was struggling with. The use of sound, I thought, was excellently used in this film, and this is one element that is extremely key to a horror and ‘A Quiet Place’ executed it well.
In conclusion, I thought this was a great horror. It has moments of heart-break, moments of utter tension and sheer terror for the characters on screen. There were moments of stillness praying the monster wouldn’t sense the family. But also a domination of love and hope in such a horrific life as they try to survive. All the actors and actresses were brilliant in their roles, as the screen came alive in this dystopian world. The film doesn’t feel long at all, and in reality isn’t actually that long. It’s cleverly done and definitely had me frozen non-stop watching the screen.