The first A Quiet Place was one of the best cinema experiences I’ve ever had. John Krasinski created a beautifully tense film, with incredible sound mixing and sound design that sucked in audiences and had people on the edge of their seat non-stop for 90 minutes, going on to make an impressive $340 million worldwide from a $17 million budget equals a very sizeable profit for Paramount, a sequel was always going to be on the cards for this surprising fan favourite.
John Krasinski returns to direct the sequel, which sees the family return (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) as they now try to move on with their life after Lee died, this time they run into old acquaintance, Emmett (played by Cillian Murphy) and whether he can help them defeat the monsters killing people all over the world.
The incredible sound design and mixing that earnt the film an Oscar nomination created such high tension in the first film that helped it become such a big success and made it such a great cinema experience. I am pleased and not surprised to say that this film is more of the same. The film starts with a great open looking back at ‘Day 1’ when the creatures arrived and the panic that caused before people knew that they were hunting people by sound, which gives Krasinski’s character a return in a great opening before the film picks back up exactly where the first one is left.
Millicent Simmonds takes over as the lead of this film, she was definitely a stand out from the first so it’s great to see the young deaf girl given a chance to not only lead the film but be in so many action scenes, as well as the hearing aid be such a powerful tool against the creatures that it’s almost a super power, and what a great message that is.
Cillian Murphy is a welcome addition to anything he is in and certainly helps fill a gap left by Krasinski’s character, as well as bringing a different perspective on the creatures and the world that is left behind. I wouldn’t be surprised or upset if we saw more of him and how we got to where we meet him when the family come across him in this film, or I’d happily watch a spin-off as I’m sure they could come up with enough to film another 90 minutes.
The rest of the family doesn’t have too much to do comparatively, Emily Blunt is always great but is more part of the side story with Noah Jupe and the baby, that I still can’t understand why they decided to have.
There’s some really interesting ideas in this film that I want to see more of, without spoiling them, there’s two specific story related moments that could’ve been the focus of one film so we don’t spend enough time with them, especially as it seems like we won’t get back to those story beats as by the end of the film we have moved on. That being said I loved the ending of the film, it gives some great character moments and is a stand out moment that gave me the same excited feeling I had at the end of the first one.
Overall, if you enjoyed the first A Quiet Place, you will definitely enjoy Part II, it’s tense, great scare moments, great action moments and I can’t wait to see more from this universe!
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