I feel comfortable proclaiming A Quiet Place as one of my favorite movies of the year.
It would be easy to dismiss the film as just another horror flick, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a highly atmospheric and clever creation that grabs hold of you from the start and never lets go (thankfully, the film is only 90 minutes long so the terror isn’t prolonged).
The story of an apocalyptic future in which blind and extremely ferocious creatures hunt their prey at the slightest sound, A Quiet Place focuses its efforts on a small family trying to survive. When I say this film is atmospheric, I mean it; since the family at the center of the story can’t make a sound, the audience I watched the film with didn’t utter a single sound either. We were far too engrossed by the narrative’s eerie vibes and extraordinary performances.
Yes, real life couple John Krasinski and Emily are just mindblowing here. The latter in particular is so affecting as the family’s matriarch, and she ensures you’re completely invested in their agonizing plight. It’s worth noting that Krasinski also directed the film, and he does so with the utmost finesse: this is a gorgeously directed film with first-rate sound design and a foreboding sense of tension all throughout. Most importantly, it never loses sight of its characters’ journeys and the bonds that define them.
Special mention also goes to the film’s two child actors: Millicent Simmonds (who is actually deaf in real life) supplies a whole lot of credibility to her hearing-impaired character, while little Noah Jupe is just as terrific as he was in last year’s Wonder. Bravo!
And the film’s final shot? Just incredible!
An anxiety-inducing masterpiece that’s seriously unforgettable. Highly recommended.