A Quiet Place: Movie Review
By: Alice Boiadjian ’20 (Guest Writer)
If they hear you. They hunt you. John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place reinvents horror by existing in a silent reality. Student Alaine Farin 20’ says, “Krasinski reveal(s) character identity really well through sound and silence. (The silence) provoke(s) characters to think differently in certain situations.” The film starring Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Into The Woods) and John Krasinski (The Office, 13 Hours) centers around the Abbott family, led by Evelyn and Lee, attempting to survive in the near future where alien creatures have killed most of the population.
The film opens inside a seemingly run down pharmacy where the Abbott family is stealthily running and gathering essentials. The lack of sound in the film is immediately noticeable. The reason for which is discovered merely minutes later when Beau, the Abbots youngest, is captured by a blurry creature after turning on a lound children’s toy, given to him by his sister. These mysterious creatures hunt exclusively by using sound.
The Abbott family communicates exclusively through sign language and dim whispers. The lack of sound forces the audiences’ other senses to compensate. For example the subtle differences between the parents, Evelyn and Lee (portrayed by real life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski), are established through the style with which they sign. Lee’s signing is curt and pithy. This expresses his character’s focus on surviving and protecting his family. Evelyn tries to maintain a sense of normalcy within the family and attempts to ensure her children live full lives. Her signing is full of expression, detail, and is infused with lightheartedness.
Krasinski’s directing is eerie yet full of compassion. He perfectly captures the intense fear this family lives in everyday. Yet he manages to show the love they feel for each other and the lengths they will go to in order to save one another.
Krasinski says that the film essentially boils down to, “How far would you go to protect your children?”
A Quiet Place is a must watch for fans of thrillers. It runs 1 hour 35 minutes and is rated PG-13. It’s a fresh and intelligent take on horror with a lot of heart.