IN THE SOUND OF SILENCE
In 2018, John became Krasinskis A quiet place was a little “hidden gem” that for most went under the radar and was a great reward for his efforts. Starring (and directing) John Krasinski with his wife / actress Emily Blunt, the film revolves around a family struggling to survive and raising their two children in a post-apocalyptic world made by wild, blind monsters is inhabited with a keen sense of hearing. Surprisingly, A quiet place received both positive and critical praise from critics and moviegoers; ; Critically praised for its tension, story, sound processing / mixing and focus characters and grossed over 340 million US dollars at the box office against its modest production budget. Now, roughly three years after initial release (and some delays), Paramount Pictures and director John Krasinski are returning to the project with the release of for a sequel A quiet place part II. Is this second chapter worth a look or is it an unwanted sequel that benefits from your “double dipping” sound gimmick?
Immediately after the events of the first film, the remaining members of the Abbott family, including Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), prepare to leave the ruined farm home; Nearby, seek shelter from the noise-sensitive creatures stalking the land. Marcus is wounded on the way to a steel refinery, leading to a scene that attracts some of the vicious creatures nearby but attracts the attention of Emmett (Cillian Murphy), a former friend who has lost everything to the intruders and to a very fragmented and desperate person since then. Understanding a coded radio signal and knowing how to weaken the creatures with weapons, Regan decides to seek refuge on an island and venture into the wilderness alone. While Evelyn seeks Emmett’s help in recovering her daughter, the Abbott matriarch ventures into a dangerous world to find medical care for her son and newborn baby.
THE GOOD / THE BAD
I have to admit I didn’t expect to like 2018 A quiet place. After the trailer previews and the marketing campaign that the film presented, it looked (at least to me) like your stereotypical suspense horror film, which is almost like a “center in a dozen” in these days of feature films. Although I was definitely intrigued by the premise of the film, I went on A quiet place with a little skepticism. However, after seeing it during the opening weekend, I was completely wrong. I loved it. As mentioned above, I felt that the movie was the “hidden gem” of 2018 as I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was; makes a very lasting impression on me and many others out there. I really liked how the film focused (more or less) on the characters (i.e. the Abbott family) and the struggle for survival rather than the expansive narrative of the post-apocalyptic setting. In addition, the use of sound editing and design in the film was masterfully handled; a very accomplished understanding of tone leveling for the story to enhance exciting moments and never feel like gimmicks. Overall, I thought so A quiet place a small, close-knit film that has a lot of thrills and characters and deserves a lot of praise for what it has achieved with a mostly modest production budget.
That of course brings me back to talking A quiet place part II, the 2021 sequel to the original film. The end of the first film definitely ends with a good cliffhanger; believed that the Abbott family story was clearly not over. So I was really curious to see if a sequel that was announced (after a week after the film’s release) would get the green light. When that became known Part II of the 2018 film was due out in 2020, I was definitely keen to see it, especially when the studio released the movie’s first trailer for the project. Got me all excited to see it. However, the events of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closings of cinemas delayed the sequel by nearly a year, with the studio rescheduling the upcoming film to several dates before it released on Jan.the, 2021. So I decided to see the project during the opening weekend, which I did, but I was a little behind when I got my review ready for you guys. Now that I have the time, I’m finally ready to share my thoughts A quiet place part II. And what did I think of that? Well i really liked it. Despite some familiarity, A Quiet Place Part II is an exciting sequel that delivers its expanded story and exciting moments. Of course, the film doesn’t beat the original film, but it’s still a great and fun sequel to the 2018 film.
As mentioned earlier, actor / director John Krasinski is returning to the director’s chair for Part II and is certainly doing a great job. On the whole, Part II retains much of what the first did Quiet place work so well that actor / director John Krasinski is returning to lead the project. Because of this, the film itself feels like a solid sequel to the first feature film; Extending / continuing the Abbott family’s journey as they pick up the pieces and try to move on in this post-apocalyptic world. Interestingly, the film has a great opening salvo, with Krasinski presenting a flashback to the day the creatures first arrived. It’s a great scene and explores more of the “Day 1” experience as well as more tidbits upon arrival that lay the groundwork for more mystery and intrigue without fully spelling it all out.
Overall, Krasinski holds Part II Focus on the Abbott family, but also open up the sequel by expanding the narrative; taking the story to a few new places and introducing a new character. Similar to the first film, Krasinski holds Part II relatively short (with a frequency of around 97 minutes) and never feels bloated or tangential with unnecessary subtitles. Additionally, the thrills / suspenseful moments continue to work as in the previous entry, as Krasinski stages many great moments that build on the tension and current situation of the scene. Of course, the sound editing / mix is an integral part of the film and again Part II plays to this strength; He creates several intense moments that play with the muffled silence, as well as exciting sequences that really excite / frighten. In addition, the returning composer Marco Beltrami delivers another solid composition for the film; He creates musical moments of gentle tenderness and intense thrills.
The problem with Part II is the general familiarity of the property and what many will expect from the film itself. How? Well, the movie falls into the same pattern as the first part of Run, Hide and Seek, and Fight. It’s definitely a tried and tested narrative to follow, but it’s been on similar projects, including the first one below Quiet place Feature. Hence, there are many well-known scenarios and tactics that are used which make the movie feel easily predictable. Therefore Part II can’t get past the exciting nature of what made the first feature really spectacular and completely refreshing. Perhaps the more important problem is that the end of the movie ends more abruptly than the first Quiet place; Manufacturing Part II feel a little more indecisive than its predecessor and let threads dangle when the credits begin.
Similar to the first film is the cast of A quiet place part II is also one of the stronger aspects of the film, with many of the returning acting talent returning to repeat their roles from the first film. While actress Blunt and John Krasinski were the focus of the first film, Part II The main focus is definitely on actress Millicent Simmonds as the central protagonist in Regan Abbott’s film. Similar to how she acted in the first film, Simmonds, who is actually deaf in real life and has starred in several other productions, such as So close and AmazedHer acting is excellent and bears well as Regan, who is slowly becoming more and more like her father throughout the story (i.e. protecting her family and doing the right thing). Overall, it was great to see Simmonds’ Regan back on screen. It’s pretty amazing to see what she can achieve (both in acting and in her character in the story). That’s not to say that Blunt, best known for her roles in Mary Poppins returns, Edge of tomorrow, and The devil Wears PradaShe’s still just as awesome as Evelyn, given that the actress is quite talented as the Abbott’s matriarch. Your engagement in Part II is still very influential in the story, but Evelyn just takes a little more “backseat” in Part II, but still has two or three outstanding moments in the film that Blunt handles wonderfully.
Last but not least, from the returning Abbott family players, actor Noah Jupe (Ford vs. Ferrari and wonder) repeats his role as Marcus and certainly improves his acting talent with his character. In Part II, Jupes Marcus gets his own sub-story in the film and can definitely assert himself and make the character unforgettable, although he is a little more limited in the film time Part II Big scheme of things …. compared to the first film. His acting is great and the character is good, but I just wish they were into more of him Part II. As a side note, John Krasinski (The office and 13 hours) returns for a small appearance as Lee Abbott (as seen in the promo / trailer marketing of the film). I won’t spoil it, but it was great to see him again Part II.
Joining the cast is actor Cillian Murphy, who is indeed a welcome addition to the small but effective cast. His character of Emmett isn’t as fully worked out as members of the Abbott family, but Murphy, best known for his roles in Batman begins, Beginning, and Peaky Blinkers, still makes the character very adorable; playing the fragmented man with a sense of mystery and determination (something to fill the void of Krasinski’s Lee in the sequel). Definitely a great addition to the film’s small but effective cast and it will be interesting to see how Murphy’s Emmett will play in future episodes (when Part III is always green). The only other addition to the. appears Part II would be actor Djimon Hounsou (gladiator and Blood diamond), who plays the nameless character who is simply called (in the official credits), is “Man on the Island”. Hounsou is a good actor and I like him in almost everything he does, but he’s just a very minor figure in Part II… and nothing more.
Terror, tension, and danger lurk around every corner (and in the silence) as the Abbott family continue their journey into a fragmented post-apocalyptic world in the film A quiet place part II. Director John Krasinski’s latest film continues what he established in his 2018 film; expands the world of film and offers the Abbott family plenty of new thrills and excitement. There are some familiar beats and some sort of repetition in the film that just can’t quite overtake the previous film, but this sequel still offers plenty of thrill and tension within its ongoing focus on story, characters, and sound design. Personally, I liked this film. Sure, there are some repetitive beats from the previous entry (part of the genetics of the movie’s themes / scenarios) but I kind of expected that and really enjoyed it Part II much. Therefore, my recommendation for the film is a “very recommendable”, since fans of the first film will certainly find this second chapter in the Quiet place Franchise to be entertaining and exciting at the same time. As mentioned, the end of the film certainly hints at the strong intention for Part III to continue / conclude the narrative of the Abbott family’s journey. So … here it is to be hoped that they will get the green light in the near future. In the end, at a time of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, A quiet place part II is a solid return for highly anticipated films that are returning to theaters everywhere.
4.2 out of 5 (highly recommended)
Published on: May 28, 2021
Reviewed on: June 12, 2021
A quiet place part II is 97 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for Terror, Violence, and Bloody / Disturbing Images