Get ready for Part Two (which premieres May 15) by reliving the glory of the first A Quiet Place. John Krasinski is really setting the bar high for himself: A Quiet Place is so good I’m confused how a sequel could possibly top the first one!
That being said, the first movie leaves a lot of potential ground to be explored. Here’s the lowdown, without spoilers:
Not offensive to women = 1/1 pt
Features a woman as the main protagonist and/or supporting character = 2/2 pts
Passes the Bechdel-Wallace test = 3/3 pts
Pregnant women in horror films is a trope I’m not fond of, but don’t worry, Emily Blunt is pregnant with a normal human baby, and since the world has ended post-the arrival of monsters who hunt by sound, the baby is more symbolism for the family trying to learn to thrive in the new normal than it is the standard horror trope.
Emily Blunt does a great job as Evelyn Abbott. The other female character is Regan, the Abbott’s eldest child. The movie does pass the Bechdel-Wallace test, but barely, as there are only about five characters and the movie focuses on John Krasinski’s character’s relationship with his daughter, and Emily gets a little more facetime with their son. There also isn’t that much talking at all, which we’ll get into in a minute.
Artistic and/or Entertaining = 4/4 pts
I don’t like horror generally, but I heard enough great things about A Quiet Place I knew I wanted to see it eventually. Luckily, it’s more on the suspense/tension side of the horror scale, rather than gory, so I could watch it through my fingers.
At 90 minutes, it is taut and nerve-wracking the whole time, though the family moments were well done, too. Possibly because Krasinski and Blunt are married with children in real life? But they could convey a lot in a glance, and the one short scene in which they whisper their fears to each other.
I’m used to characters in horror catching a bit of a break, usually in the daytime, for example, when the monster doesn’t hunt. None of that for this poor family, who have to be silent at all times. You can see how the constant fear weighs on each character.
Above and Beyond General Media = 5/5 pts
The movie’s been out for a while, so you’re not going to be surprised to hear that the Deaf representation gets it full points here. Both the character of Regan and the actress who plays her are Deaf, and of course that brought something to the role that could not have been done with only hearing people on set. Not only that, Regan is a well-rounded character in her own right. Wish we would see more of this in Hollywood. Luckily, we have that sequel to look forward to!
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