After 29 years of being told to speak up, being labeled the "quiet one," being marked down for class participation and told in work to speak up (um, most people can hear me fine thanks), finally, I have redemption: Hollywood has acknowledged the quiet ones. Fellow "___ is a good worker/student but needs to speak up more"s, THIS is our movie!
Well, okay, the reason they're quiet in A Quiet Place is because there are man-eating monsters on the loose who track people by the slightest sound, but hey, we gotta take what we can get. And so far there's no movie called A Loud Place, so we're ahead of the extroverts on that one!
John Krasinksi and Emily Blunt do a great job portraying a couple who live in this world that looks much like ours but without sound. They have three kids that they need to protect, and their family needs to live in silence to avoid being violently snatched by monsters who have taken down all of the world's population.
There are some twists and turns, but mainly the movie follows a pretty predicable path. The acting is fantastic and the movie holds you on the edge of your seat pretty much throughout. It brought gasps, laughs, and tears; yes, all from me. This was a movie during which I didn't mind reading subtitles (they use sign language throughout) and I didn't even notice there were maybe five lines of dialogue the whole movie. When Bob and I left the theater he said he forgot we were in the front row while watching it, and I did too; it was good enough that I didn't even notice my head craned back for the whole film.
My main problem with it was the ending; I just felt like there should have been more thought put into it, a better payoff, a more clever finale. It was exciting, sure, but it wasn't clever, and I feel like with a movie that is as deliberate as this one, there should have been something more intricate to end with.
The only other thing I'm going to say is, if this becomes real life and monsters are on the loose searching for sounds, I'm going to be just fine and ALIVE with my soft-spoken phone calls and quiet class participation!
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
A Quiet Place falls in the proud tradition of movie premises that can be fully described in one sentence. In this case it’s “family tries to evade monsters that hunt based on noise.” That’s the entire plot.
Its success is proof that an original concept and competent storytelling can take you far. The film works as well as it does because of the built-in tension the premise provides. It’s really hard to not make a noise, as it turns out, and it’s fun and stressful watching this quandary play out in scenario after scenario.
But while the film delivers on its premise admirably, I couldn’t help but feel slightly underwhelmed by it. I wanted it to be more clever than it was, to have more tricks up its sleeves than it did. It’s a film where the version you’d imagine based off the trailer isn’t that far off from the film you end up seeing. But what it lacks in surprises, it makes up in suspense and a memorable hook.
Bob’s rating: 3/5 stars.
How does it compare to other films about families fending off strange creatures?
Better than: Signs
Worse than: Gremlins