Movie Review : A Quiet Place –– Horrifying, Gripping and Heart-Rending
Two parents do what it takes to keep their children safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong.
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A Sneak Peek Into The Story :
This was what the current world has become. A world where your ability of being able to live without emitting noise were what determines between life or death. In this world where being quiet was of the utmost important, lived the Abbott family. The Abbott family consisted of wife Evelyn, husband Lee, daughter Regan and sons Marcus and Beau.
On that fateful day, Marcus – the middle child – was not feeling well. For that reason, the whole family had decided on a trip to the nearest pharmacy, in hopes that they will be able to get some medicines for Marcus.The pharmacy was, as one could expect, void of humans. By now, the lack of people and the lack of noise is something that the Abbott family had learned to get used to. They mostly kept to themselves and focused on staying alive while trying to make as little noise as possible.
With that, the Abbott children had also learned to entertain themselves and kept themselves busy with their own toys and each other. Beau, being the youngest out of the three, was excited at the thought of being able to roam through the pharmacy and having the space to himself. He ran, skipped and whisked through the aisles on his little feet, spurred on by youthful curiosity and feeling of adventure. It was then, in the middle of his excursion, that his eyes caught on a toy. It was a rocket toy.
Beau was delighted. He immediately brought his new toy back to show it to his parents, only to have it taken away from him. It was too risky, his dad – Lee – said, as he proceed to take out the batteries and put it on the table. Saddened by the thought that he would not be able to bring his new toy home, Beau just stood there and stared longingly at the rocket toy as his parents started their preparations to head home.
Beau’s older sister, Regan, saw all of this unfold and decided that there was no hard in giving Beau the rocket toy. What was the harm in that? They all knew that they needed to be quiet, and make as little noise as possible. Regan is sure, that even though Beau might be the youngest in the family, he knew enough to keep quiet, right?
So they started trudging their way back home. Mom and dad walked up front, with dad carrying sick Marcus. While Regan and Beau followed in the back. Having just gotten a new toy, Beau was content with his rocket toy. Playing and toying with it as he walked. As for Regan, she was simply just happy to see Beau happy. That was, until they all suddenly heard a high-pitched sound, coming from no other than Beau’s rocket toy.
Simply put, this movie was a breath of fresh air when it comes to horror genre.
I cannot say that I am a pro when it comes to horror movies, but from what I have watched and known so far of horror films, a lot of it seems to rely very heavily on unnecessary jump scares and terrifying background music. Without much of a plot to actually drive the story forward.
With A Quiet Place however, it is different.
The first and very obvious reason why this movie was as successful as it was, is because of the lack of dialogue. By having this movie made mostly without the need of speech at all, showcases just how amazingly breathtaking all the actors and actresses are. As there are not a lot of talking happening in this movie, all of the viewers’ focus capitalizes on the actors and actresses, their acting skills, their facial expressions, the way the bring a character to live. All of that was brought to the test. And guess what? They passed, with flying colors.
Being a horror movie, A Quite Place bring another unique standpoint to the table. It showcased one the very often outlooked aspect of all, how people bond with each other. I don’t know about you, but from most of the horror movies I have watched, I found out that they tend to discount out a lot of the time needed for character building for more jump scares and horrifying scenes. I get it, it is horror, so obviously the main focus is the shock value. However, a movie is not all about that. A lot of the horror movie directors focused so much on the big picture, that sometimes they missed out on the small things.
Which, John Krasinski homed in on in A Quiet Place. Sure, the movie was suspenseful, and I was sitting on the edge of my seat for the better part of the movie. However, I will be honest and say that I would not have been as invested as I was in this film had it not been because of the strong and very palpable love and familial bond that was shown on the screen.
I really liked the fact that A Quite Place did not only show the external struggle the Abbott family faced trying to stay alive. But also the internal conflict. With how Regan constantly tried to go against her father, the constant bickering with Lee and Regan, Evelyn’s struggle with being pregnant and bonding with her children, and Marcus’ struggle with his fear of the creature.
For the plot itself, it was fairly simple and easy to follow. I really enjoyed the simplicity of it. The fact that the movie doesn’t try to add unnecessary suspenseful background music or jump scares really gave them an extra bonus cookie in my book. Thinking back now, actually, I don’t think there was even any jump scares in this movie (I might be wrong though, so don’t take my word on this one).
I adore the way that they were able maximize the suspense and buildup without much of the stereotypical ascending violin background music that we normally hear in horror movies.
While I highly enjoyed this movie and I would definitely recommend it to everyone, I do want to touch up a little on the pacing of this movie. A Quiet Place was was very quick-paced. Which is actually good for someone like me, who is easily bored and distracted. I am not complaining about the pacing because overall A Quiet Place was an amazing movie. However, I think it would be nice if they had made the movie a tad bit longer. For the sole reason so that the viewers would be able to bond with the characters more, and as a result, for some of the ending scenes – I am not going to say which – it might be able to resonate deeper with the viewers.
The Verdict :
Altogether, this movie was worth the watch and the hype. It wasn’t as scary as I had initially thought, despite having to hear from a lot of people that this movie might be the best horror movie of the year. Don’t get me wrong, there are some parts where it had me biting my nails in panic and fear, but for most part, it was fairly okay scary-meter wise. For those of you out there who would like to give this movie a try but was still skeptical whether you would be able to handle it or not, just take Stranger Things as a comparison.
If you were able to sit through Stranger Things without screaming your heads off or feeling like you might faint, then I think you’d be able to go through A Quiet Place just fine.
With that said, A Quiet Place was, all in all, a fantastically made movie. I throughly loved and enjoyed the movie, and would like to encourage anyone who are thinking of giving this movie a go to check it out. Because as wild and bumpy and emotional of a ride this film had been, it was an experience I would not trade with anything else.