With ‘A Quiet Place’, John Krasinski proves himself to be an incredible filmmaker, crafting one of the best horror movies of recent times.
The film follows parents Lee (Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) as they struggle to survive and protect their children in a post-apocalyptic world filled with monsters that hunt by any sound you make.
It’s almost impossible to believe that Krasinski, only having directed two previous mediocre comedies and mostly known for playing Jim on ‘The Office’, has crafted an perfect film on a genre he hasn’t really dived into before. On the surface, it all might seem as a ‘Get Out‘ type of situation where a talent mostly known for comedy manages to transfer so successfully into horror. However, while Get Out mostly shined with its incredible screenplay, ‘A Quiet Place’, to my delight, shows itself to be one of the best directed films of the last few years.
Krasinski very clearly takes inspiration from Hitchcock’s trademark horror, and Spielberg’s suspense. However, the film never feels derivative, paying its homages only in visual cues, but serving a completely original and refreshing story.
Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of the film is that it’s genuinely terrifying, but the greatest thing about it is that it isn’t based on jump-scares or cheap thrills, instead, the scripts excels in making the characters fleshed-out and likeable, so when the scares do come, you’re fearing for their lives.
Even with the great script, this couldn’t have been achieved if it weren’t for the amazing performances Krasinski gets out of his actors (including himself): Both Krasinski and Blunt give amazing performances and have great chemistry (they’re also married in real life). Blunt definitely has the showier role, and as always, does an excellent job at it, switching from heartbreaking to bad-ass in seconds without ever feeling jarring. Millicent Simmonds, as Regan, also gives an amazing performance as their deaf daughter (she’s also deaf in real life). You can feel her emotions in every single scene she has without even a single line.
Silence proves to be the film’s strongest asset as the director utilizes to amazing results, and saves the film from obvious exposition, something that definitely wasn’t needed here. The music by Marco Beltrami is both tense and delicate, giving the film amazing ambience for its entire runtime.
Something also worth noting, is that despite its relatively low-budget of 17 million, the film never looks cheap for a second, thanks to Krasinski’s incredible visuals and carefully CGI-crafted monsters that are always believable.
To me, ‘A Quiet Place’ represents the pinnacle of the “prestige” horror renaissance we’ve been seeing for the last few years with ‘The Conjuring‘, ‘It‘, ‘Get Out‘, and others; it reaches heights that I never expected a horror film to take and I can’t imagine any other film soon that matches or is even better than this one, but I have to admit, the mere thought of it excites me. For now, we have John Krasinski’s new masterpiece to analyze for years to come.
‘A Quiet Place’ is currently playing in theatres.