Monday, January 6, 2020

A Quiet Place (2018)

Streaming Service: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: A Quiet Place (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Production/Distribution: Paramount Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Sunday Night, Andes Films, Central Partnership, CinemArt, Columbia Pictures, Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK), NOS Audiovisuais, Ro Image 2000, Toho-Towa, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Amazon Prime Video, Film1, Hua Wen Movie Group, Odeon, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Universal Pictures
Director: John Krasinski
Writer: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski
Actors: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward, Leon Russom, Rhoda Pell

Blurb from IMDb: In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Selina’s Point of View:
Where do I even start?

This was not my first time watching A Quiet Place and it won’t be my last. It is one of the best films I have ever seen.

The way sound is used in this movie is outstanding. Instantly, the film lets you know how abnormal the world portrayed has become. It does this by avoiding a typical soundtrack. The only time a song is really used, it gives you such an unfamiliar sense of normalcy that there’s unease surrounding it.

It’s not just music, though. Because sound feels so important from the moment you first hear the wind whistling into the silence, every single shuffle/word/crash becomes that much more significant. Something as innocent as the beeping of a child’s toy instantly strikes fear in you.

I’ve seen a lot of movies play with the use of sound as a weapon, but never as well as I did here.

The acting was all phenomenal. John Krasinski (The Office, The Hollars, 13 Hours), Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow), Millicent Simmonds (Andi Mack, Wonderstruck, This Close), Noah Jupe (Wonder, Ford v Ferrari, The Last Dragonslayer), and Cade Woodward (Avengers: Endgame) made me believe their parts. But I really have to credit the direction most.

As a director, Krasinski took a TON of risks in A Quiet Place and every single one of them paid off. Given this same story/script – with the same actors – a lot of directors would have taken the safe route. They’d have used tension-building music throughout the entire film, whereas Krasinski only used it sparingly. Instead, he relied on familiar sounds from the wind and footsteps to really make us tense. He also relied more on psychology than typical jump scares.

The final product is something that absolutely leaps off the screen. I’m in tears by the end every single time.

If you haven’t seen A Quiet Place yet, I absolutely urge you to. I’m looking forward to the sequel, but I’m a little concerned that they won’t be able to capture the feel as well.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 83%
Metascore – 82/100
Metacritic User Score – 7.5/10
IMDB Score – 7.5/10
CinemaScore – B+

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating5/5

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