A Quiet Place was an unexpected thriller audiences were able to enjoy before the summer movie rush and it did not disappoint. Being directed by the lead actor of the film, John Krasinski (that’s right, Jim from the Office), you will be on the edge of your seat in one of the most intense movie going experiences you’ll have had in a while. Regardless of his little directing experience, Krasinski did not disappoint.
A Quiet Place spends very little time building the story and instead manages to keep your knuckles white for nearly all 95 minutes. The beauty of it was that Krasinski kept the pacing perfectly and didn’t waste time with unnecessary back stories. Rather than focus on the events immediately after the monsters were revealed to the world, A Quiet Place chooses to focus on the nuance changes one family made to survive. The audience is fully able to understand the fairly simple monster plot, regardless of the characters lacking ability to communicate. It was actually more impressive the more I think about it.
For those of you that weren’t able to understand essentially the entire idea of the film from the trailer; let me break it down. There are monsters that have essentially overrun any known part of the world other than the people that have managed to adapt to the new way of life. The only way to survive these monsters is by remaining extremely silent because although they are completely blind, the monsters have a heightened sense of hearing. Krasinski does an excellent job of reviling to the audience only what the characters know and not much else.
This isn’t just a monster movie however, it is a people movie. A Quiet Place dives into the lives of an average family doing their best to survive in the most tragic setting imaginable. From the protective father doing all he can to remain hopeful to the mother that will literally do anything for her children; all of the characters were very relatable even in the most unrelatable situation. Unlike most horror movies audiences are subject to, the characters in A Quiet Place make surprisingly understandable decisions. That being said, there are a few plot holes that need to be addressed:
Plot Holes – Spoilers ahead: Skip to Conclusion
The first plot holes revolve around sound, for obvious reasons. How are they able to power the electricity that they use in their house? Even small sounds can be detected by the monsters so I would image a generator would have to make at least some noise or much more if it had to be restarted. Also, if they were able to talk and make fairly loud noises by the waterfall then why not just move next to the river? I assume that has something to do with flooding possibilities or simply not wanting to build a new home but it seems like their lives would become much simpler and safer.
The next major plot holes have to do with the families decision making. As me and J were discussing the movie over Fortnite, as we do, he mentioned that a responsible father like Krasinski was portraying wouldn’t have chosen to risk his entire family’s safety by bringing a baby into that world. I mentioned that the family was clearly Christian as they were seen praying over supper and would likely be pro-life. He had a fairly good response however, asking, “Then why have unprotected sex at all and risk it?” Unfortunately, that seems to be another plot hole I couldn’t find an answer to.
Per usual, the Chairgatin’ movie review scoring system consist of American flag recliners, which are good for obvious reasons, and fedoras which are bad, also for obvious reasons. 5 recliners represent the best and 5 fedoras represent the worst. I’m awarding A Quiet Place four recliners; an excellent and enjoyable movie that was just shy of perfection.
A Quiet Place was a surprise hit and a breath of fresh air for the monster/thriller genre. John Krasinski proved, not only his acting, but his directing abilities that should get people excited for the future. Following Jordan Peele’s transition from comedy acting to suspense directing, I feel A Quiet Place blew Get Out, out of the water. Obviously, there are a few glaring plot holes to get over but the story of these characters and the way it was portrayed is much more important to enjoy than getting hung up on small details.