Movie Review by Makayla Scerbo
John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place has a lot of expectations to meet heading into its release. However, even in the face of heightened anticipation, nothing could’ve prepared us for how good this film is. Using its simple concept for thoroughgoing effectiveness, A Quiet Place blends horror with drama, and the result is a near-perfect horror film that isn’t just the best scary movie of 2018 so far; it is one of the best films of the year, period.
“It’s sound!” That newspaper headline appears early in A Quiet Place, and it tells you everything that you need to know to get yourself up-to-speed on this universe. In a world overrun by seemingly un-killable monsters that hunt by sound, doing anything too loudly can quickly turn into a lethal error. However, while most of humanity seems to have been overtaken by the vaguely arachnid monsters (the creature design, coupled with John Krasinski’s restraint, is top notch) a man (Krasinski), his wife (Emily Blunt), his son (Noah Jupe), and their deaf daughter (Millicent Simmonds) have carved out tenuous lives for themselves on a secluded farm. That’s it. Now onto the terror.
The film was terrifying. It had all the elements of horror that are scary. It wasn’t just aa bunch of jump scares. The movie had horror and shock. The creatures in the film were terrifying. What’s even more impressive is the fact that A Quiet Place does all of this without imposing any twists and turns into the narrative that make the movie become a drag. The movie sticks to the plot. This is just a straight-up monster movie, albeit a skilled handled one. Of course, there are jump scares, but they feel earned in the context of the scenes that precede them, and the characters generally don’t make irrationally imprudent decisions that put their lives in jeopardy. I strongly suggest seeing this movie.