*Disclaimer: this is not an official review but it is my thoughts and perspective on a film of interest that I saw in 2018.*
Last night, I finally caught up on a film that garnered a lot of attention earlier this year, but I didn’t bother to see it in theaters due to a lack of interest on my part. By the time I did take an interest in seeing it, it ended its theatrical run, so I was left with no choice but to wait and rent it. The film I’m talking about is, A Quiet Place.
Two parents do what it takes to keep their children safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong.
Directed by: John Krasinski
Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski
Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward and Leon Russom
Crew: Marco Beltrami (score), Charlotte Bruus Christensen (cinematography), Christopher Tellefsen (editing), Jeffery Beecroft (production design), Sebastian Schroeder (art direction), Heather Loeffler (set decoration) and Kasia Walicka-Maimone (costume design).
What did I think?
A Quiet Place was very intense! The film was rich with suspense and Krasinski was in the driver’s seat of a compact but concrete thriller that held my attention from start to finish. That intensity was the product of a very technically sound picture that thrived off the power of silence and sound to make a killer impression. The tension from the film had my heart racing.
Does it live up to the hype as one of the best films of 2018?
Most definitely can I say that John Krasinski has a serious hit on his hands. He’s not exactly someone I follow with a great degree of interest but A Quiet Place is certainly a picture that is excellently crafted and very easy to follow. I was impressed by the cast, Krasinski’s vision, the plot, the visuals, especially the use of sound and how that was put a the forefront of the spectacle. I have to give credit to Krasinski for helming a very smart film.
What did I enjoy most about it?
Obviously, I loved the fact that sound was the film’s main appeal and how Scott Beck and Bryan Woods built this post apocalyptic world where the slightest sound can kill someone and the lengths this family went to in order to survive; from learning sign-language, Morse code, signals, sand, how to soundproof. I loved how the tension and suspense from the action just bleed off the screen, I loved the chemistry and cohesion from Krasinski, Blunt, Simmonds, Jupe, the pacing of the picture, the camerawork, editing, the fact that it was made on a low-budget; A Quiet Place was very well done.
What flaws did I notice?
I wish this movie didn’t have a score. In my experience, movies that are built on tension, thrive ten times more without the implementation of music accompanying a scene or sequence. No disrespect to Marco Beltrami, but A Quiet Place may have reached higher levels of fear and suspense without a score. Also, I wish more of this post-apocalyptic realm could have been further explored and the origins of these creatures. Maybe this could be explained in a possible sequel or spinoff but that’s for another time.
Any final thoughts?
I’m not sure A Quiet Place will go the distance to Awards Season the way Get Out went the distance to Awards Season, but there is definitely a lot to like about it. I was impressed by Krasinski’s talents as a director and screenwriter and the technical aspects of this film are high caliber to say the least. Is this a movie I wish I could have seen in theaters? I would say yes to that question. I’ve seen my share of very good movies in 2018 and I think A Quiet Place has earned its place among being counted in those very good movies.