A Quiet Place. Damn. Another great horror movie from an actor, John Krasinski who was most famously Jim on The Office, more known for his comedic work. And it is the best horror flick I've seen since the one fitting that criteria last year (Get Out by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame). Krasinski knocks it out of the part as both writer and director. From the very start you are on edge and that shit doesn't go away. I had trouble sleeping after watching it last night. It is rare that you get a movie that affects such a real life response.
I really loved this movie. I was shocked when I came out after the movie and heard a group of baby bros (one with an American flag tat... cool) talking about how the movie was "trash". Some people just hate on everything I guess. It is a great movie but it watching it is not a pleasant experience. I get that. But "trash". Fuck that. Greatest movie of all time.
Rotten Tomato Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
Pros: Premise is completely unique. Acting was perfect from everyone. Super intense and in engrossing (rivals Breaking Bad here). The monsters are terrifying and look pretty good. The movie is super taut. They don't fuck around with your time. Every second of this movie is necessary and exceptional.
Cons: Not for the faint of heart. Watching this movie was a very uncomfortable movie going experience (but that also made it awesome).
Gist of the flick is that a small family featuring Krasinski as the dad, the mom played by Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, The Edge of Tomorrow), and their kids played by Millicent Simmonds (a young deaf actress who was Rose in a movie called Wonderstruck for which she received a lot of acclaim and was amazing in this movie) and Noah Jupe live in complete silence in the country as they hide from these blind killing machines that hunt based on sound. Not a good situation but the family has a minor advantage as the daughter is deaf and they are able to sign with each other instead of having to be vocal.
One of my favorite things about the movie is how they just throw you in. Hell, we don't know if the creatures are aliens or what. I fucking hate when movies give you too much unnecessary back story. I feel most movies would show you how all this started and go into the early days of survival before finally getting into the movie. Krasinski doesn't fuck with any of that. We are thrust in this world several months in with the family already making it work. Yet we still get the gist of all of it because Krasinski is a fucking genius. Instead of having characters explain it or something like that, we see newspaper headlines, a whiteboard with facts about them, and the monsters themselves with anatomy that illustrates what they are all about.
I saw a bunch shit about plot holes. Most of these were bullshit. I don't think I would really thrive in that situation but I was sort of like "come on, main" when they went into the soundproof room. Why not stay in there all the time, ya know? Or maybe live under a waterfall. Of course the soundproof room isn't perfect either as nothing is in these situations. But I didn't really consider that anything to dwell on.
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Not trying to give too much away about the end but similar to Get Out it is super fucking satisfying and way more bad ass. It's sort of a release after all that tension where you and the characters are suddenly like "aw shit, you done fucked up" and then it is fucking on. It was tense, sure, but that made it totally worth it. Not only that but wait until you leave the theater. Right before the climax at the end, with 10 or so minutes left in the movie, I had to take a piss. When I came out and people were yammering on willy-nilly, I freaked out. Be warned, stress munching in this movie is highly frowned upon but you are totally gonna need something to stress munch. Too fucking quiet. I might go back though and rip a loud fart at a tense moment (I have since found this on the interwebs which is Krasinski talking about just that). That shit would be legendary. Anyway, yeah, this movie was the fucking bomb.