A Quiet Place Review

Movie Reviews
April 9, 2018
by Erik Gjetmundsen

With A Quiet Place, John Krasinski, his cast, and his crew have delivered what is sure to be not just one of the greatest horror films of the year, but one of the greatest films, period. With an impressively taut, near-perfectly structured script; moving and absorbing performances relying almost entirely on physical movement and subtle facial expressions; an original score balancing on the edge of terror and beauty; the absolutely gorgeous and informative cinematography of Charlotte Bruus Christensen; and especially the MVPs that are sound editors Ethan Van Der Ryn and Erik Aadahl (who's biggest credits prior to this are, ironically, Godzilla and Transformers), A Quiet Place is a true achievement whose technical aspects are rivaled only by its own beating heart. 

Krasinski and Emily Blunt play Lee and Evelyn Abbott, parents of Regan, Marcus, and Beau (portrayed by Millecent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward). It seems as if they are one of, if not the last people alive in their area of the new world they now find themselves inhabiting: one practically exterminated by ferocious armored creatures that prey on all things that emit sound. One of the subtlest but greatest things about the film is how no attempt to explain the origins of these creatures is attempted – there's no need for one. Everything we need to know about the creatures and the new walking-on-broken-glass lifestyle they've implemented is explained poetically in the heartbreaking opening scene. 

At a brisk 95 minutes, it's amazing what the films is able to accomplish. Each of the main characters has a compelling arc that constantly moves forward as a result of the horrific and varied situations they're put in and the on-their-feet problem solving they utilize. One of the greatest examples of nuance in a character can be found in Regan, who was born deaf (note: Millecent Simmonds is deaf in real life). Her character offers a bittersweet irony: a girl who, along with her dedicated father, desires nothing more than to be able to hear the world is born into a world where no sound can be made. 

It also needs to be mentioned that this film only gets stronger as it goes on. One of the most common pitfalls of any film is losing steam towards the end, but through the constant ratcheting up of the stakes and tension while always remaining tethered to the relationship of the family, A Quiet Place avoids this with an almost showing-off ease.

And that brings me to the single biggest reason why A Quiet Place is as good as it is: its unwavering commitment to the theme of family, and what it takes to preserve one. 

From the opening scene until the final crowdpleasing shot, the family's relationship and commitment to each other is front and center. This may be a film with scary monsters and bite-your-nails tense moments (and holy s%*# are the monsters scary and the moments tense), but at its core its a family drama about parenthood and the sacrifices made to ensure one's children can have the hope necessary to live the best life they possibly can. 

Just because it's that good, I'm going to end this review the exact way I started it: with A Quiet Place, John Krasinski, his cast, and his crew have delivered what is sure to be not just one of the greatest horror films of the year, but one of the greatest films, period.
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