A Quiet Place Quick Thoughts

A Quiet Place is an amazing movie. Much in the vein of last year’s Get Out, it is an exciting and unique offering to the horror genre, with subtle social commentary at play as well.

Director and star John Krasinski has mentioned that the film is meant to explore the family unit. Upon reviewing the film by memory, I find that the use of sound as the key element to the story certainly gels with his goal.

In any family unit, noise can be destructive, both literally and metaphorically. Arguments can tear families apart, noise from people external to the family can very quickly cause disharmony among the family. The toxicity of all this unwanted noise is manifested as a killer alien in AQP, and we see that the family sticks to the solution of not making any sound.

We see that this too, is sub-optimal; in blocking out the negative elements of all this sound, they also remove the positive; a lack of communication means issues cannot be solved as one does not understand the other; the young girl believes her father doesn’t love her.

It is interesting how the alien is killed, which is through sound, more specifically a frequency that the father had utilized in his attempt to help his daughter hear. I suppose this could be analogous to how in order to truly be in tune with each other, a family must find a common ground, a common frequency which they can all subscribe to in order to understand and appreciate one another. A more far-fetched idea I got was in relation to how it’s the feedback from the hearing aid that causes the creature to experience immense pain – which could translate to how feedback is required from all members of the household in order to foster understanding, even if it may cause pain along the way (as shown by the pain experienced by the girl from the feedback).

Overall, a very very thoughtful and well thought out movie that is engaging throughout with it’s incredibly scary and tense scenes that definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought the cast’s performances were amazing, especially Emily Blunt’s; without sound, they manage to reveal so much about themselves solely through their actions and facial expressions; the bathtub scene was so gripping. Another highlight scene for me was of course when the Dad sacrifices himself for his children through a burst of sound that can be described as raw and primal; speaking to parent’s primal instinct of putting their children first.

Rating: 9/10

Sight Unseen: A Quiet Place

As of writing, A Quiet Place holds a 100% Fresh Rating on Rottentomatoes with 26 reviews so far, certainly a positive sign of things to come as far as critics consensus on the film goes.

2017 was the year of Get Out, a film that expanded on the horror genre to include biting social commentary. Director and star of A Quiet Place John Krasinski has mentioned that he’s added a definite amount social commentary into the film, with Get Out being one of the inspirations for the film. 

Critics seem to agree that it’s a thrilling film with a warm heart at its core, and one that needs to be experienced in cinemas. If audiences agree with them, I think A Quiet Place could definitely be 2018’s Get Out.

As we know, Get Out was a major Oscar contender in 2017, and while it’s too early to call (also because I haven’t actually seen the film), I wonder if it may gain heat in categories such as Best Actress/Supporting Actress for Emily Blunt, who over the years has come close to a nod in films like The Girl on the Train and The Devil Wears Prada, and from the trailers, definitely seems to give a powerful performance. If it hits the right notes, it could well be a contender for its screenplay too, which offers a rather unique plot involving a deaf family. 

I ultimately hope to be thrilled by this movie when I see it in cinemas, and I do foresee myself being scared out of my pants. I also hope the social commentary is naturally imbued into the film and can be gleaned clearly through deeper analysis; analyzing the finer details of Get Out was one of the most revelatory follow-up experiences I’ve had with a film! 

Prediction: 8.5/10