“A Quiet Place” Makes A Loud Impact

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Starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place” broke box office records by making an impressive $50 million debut during its first weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. In addition to its box office success, the film has become a critical darling with praise going to its tight script, great visual effects, impressive cinematography, and subtle social commentary. I myself was a fan of the film and the more I think about it, the more I like it.

First, I want to talk about the performances in the film. Emily Blunt sells the film for the most part with her terrific performance as the mother. As her character goes into labor, the creatures begin to storm the house, which forces her character to hide in a bathtub. It is hard to watch her perform in the circumstances the script throws at her character and Blunt acts believably, which is horrifying to watch as an audience. On the other hand, John Krasinski capably keeps up with his real and fictional wife’s performance. John plays a character who has gone completely survivalist and rarely opens up. When he does, during a scene with his daughter, I wept in the theater. Meanwhile the children do a great job in their performances, so expect to see them in future films.

Second, the story for the film is spectacular. A pregnant mother preparing to bring a baby into a monster-filled world with her survivalist husband and terrified children shares some great moments. Krasinski manages to elevate the tension in the film every possible moment, making the situation all the more terrifying. The creatures in the film are genuinely scary and provide a real threat to the characters, which forces them to be quiet and not able to scream in fear.

Third, the visuals for this small-budget film are inventive and top notch. Early in the film, after the mother goes into labor, she presses a switch that turns the entire farm red with red light bulbs. Then, as Krasinski rushes to help his wife, knowing she is in danger, one of the children sets off a firework show to lure away the predators in a beautiful shot. The creature design also adds another layer as the monsters having huge sharp teeth makes the family seem more in danger.

In conclusion, I definitely recommend this movie to any horror fan. Even though films are becoming increasingly expensive to see nowadays, “A Quiet Place” is a must-see.

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