Mount St. Joseph University

Film Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ - Shhh!

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By: Michael Mullin

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If not completely, could you be silent for nearly the rest of your life if you had to? Many of us who enjoy using our voices pretty much shriek at the idea of having to be quiet for more than 10 minutes. The only issue is, we don't have hungry, murderous, alien monsters hunting us, day in and day out. There is no doubt that A Quiet Place has been one of the most anticipated feature films of 2018.

John Krasinski from The Office gives an excellent effort in his first directorial debut. In my opinion, Krasinski has found his knack for the direction and production of horror films. Krusinski also stars in the film with his wife Emily Blunt. They both give extraordinary performances, for what is considered one of the scariest movies of 2018. Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward give very impressive performances as the young children of the Abbotts in the film.

Going to see A Quiet Place was one of the best theater experiences I've had in a long while. Because it's a film all about being as silent as possible, the production team decided to let the public know that you shouldn't go in with popcorn or anything that would add any unnecessary noise to the film in the theater. The eerie quiet in the theater adds to a very suspenseful experience. There is a particular scene at the very beginning of the movie that terrifies the entire audience. Without going into that theater, knowing full well that you didn't want to bring any extra noise, you would have probably been distracted and not have your 100% focus on that particular scene. It's one of the saddest and most terrifying scenes in the entire film. Make sure you don’t ruin it with NOISE!

One of the first things that you recognize in the film is the fact that there is a family. It's the only family for miles that is living. And one of the main factors in their lives is noise. In the world that the Abbots live in, sound is the most dangerous thing. Being as quiet as possible is crucial to their survival as a family.

As I asked earlier, could you be quiet for the rest of your life knowing that it was your only way to survive? I don't know if I could stay quiet for that long. The family in the film are forced to live in silence to avoid being hunted by creatures that hunt by sound. The film itself is told almost entirely without dialogue, making it one of the most unique films ever made.

We all know who John Krasinski is. If you follow any kind of popular culture at all you'll know that he plays the lovingly charismatic and hilarious character Jim from The Office. If you know anything about this show, you know that there were a lot of close-ups. Close-ups were a big deal in The Office because it made the experience for the viewer more real. It’s as if Jim from The Office was talking straight to us. He was laughing with us. This similar tactic of close-ups was used to the fullest. It's one of the best uses of the close up that I've ever seen. Considering that it's a horror movie, you would have thought that more films would have focused on the idea of being as close to the actor's face as possible.

One of the reasons that we love horror movies, at least the good ones, is because we become invested with the characters in the film. It could also be one of the characters from A Quiet Place place that happens to make a little noise that attracts one scary monster. We all feel some kind of relevant connection with these characters. We want them to survive. We want them to get away from the monster and make it out on the other side.Some characters do and some don’t. There's an emotional connection that we make with the film that is unlike any other. I don't think I have to tell you to go see this movie because you've probably already seen it. But if you haven't by any chance, what are you waiting for?