A Quiet Place – Movie Review

A Quiet Place – Frame the Ticket

Today’s film is being marketed as a horror film and goes by the name, A Quiet Place. I think it’s more of a suspense or a thriller, however. The reason for this is that I see a difference between horror and thrillers. Thrillers are usually story-focused with elements of horror used as a tool, but not as the main part of the story, whereas horrors focus on the horror elements, usually sacrificing the story to scare us and typically in some almost demonic way.

A Quiet Place, which follows a family as they try to survive in a world overrun with aliens that hunt by sound, meaning they have to make as close to no sound as possible to live, is a story about this family trying to survive together and about how far they will go to protect and show their love for one another. The director and star of the movie, John Krasinski, has even called it an ode to his kids, which is why he accepted the script and made the movie, along with his wife, Emily Blunt.

This shows as the acting we get from these two is heart-wrenching and feeling-pulling at every turn. The same can even be said for the kid actors, Noah Jupe, who played Jack Will in Wonder, and Millicent Simmonds, who is a deaf actress playing a deaf character in A Quiet Place, her second movie role ever.

Speaking of that little detail, the thought and detail that went into every aspect of the production of this film amazes me. The film makers thought of believable ways and scenarios for the characters to do everyday tasks that were quiet enough to not get picked up by the aliens, and if you look around the screen while watching the film, you’ll notice more and more of these details. In post-production, they made the decision that when we are looking at the world from the daughter’s perspective, we wouldn’t be allowed to hear sound so we could experience the events in the same way as her (although, we do still get to hear the film score). This helps us to understand her character even more.

Throughout A Quiet Place, I’m sure I felt how I was supposed to feel. During the entire movie, I noticed my muscles tense and loosen up at different moments, but, after the last act starts, I was tense the whole time until the film ended. My friends even told me after that they knew how I was feeling because they could hear my breathing change. Oh my goodness, I loved every minute with the film.

I’m going to Frame the Ticket for A Quiet Place.

Lastly, there are plenty of nitpicks and plot holes I could point out in the movie, but the ones I can think of would be spoilers in one way or another, hence why I didn’t mention them before. These nitpicks, however, don’t ruin my overall enjoyment of the film, which is why I kept it with the rating of Frame the Ticket.