Once in a while a movie will come along that'll be so good, it takes your breath away. In the case of A Quiet Place, it's the vivid storytelling, intriguing monsters, and adoring - lovable -characters whom you don't want anything to happen to. It will leave you in awe.
I'm a pretty big fan of The Office (the US iteration, I should add) and when I heard "Jim from the Office" was making a horror movie, I was there for it, like yes, let's go, what a time to be alive! Because the moment you hear of someone, who's not a fan of horror, getting pulled into the world, you need to trust that it's because they're sitting on something truly amazing.
A Quiet Place is about the Abbott family, who are trying their best to survive an attack from these alien species who have overrun the earth (and just what are those?! Some sort of breed between the Demogorgon and Clovie?). These aliens are blind and will only hunt what they can hear, so in other words, those who make noise of any kind. It's a touching story about the loving mother (Emily Blunt) and father (John Krasinski) who would do anything to keep their children safe. Wouldn't we all? And at first, they do a great job of it too, keeping each other out of harms way, but what happens when the family dynamics change and get thrown off course? Their biggest fear (my biggest fear) come true, the inability to protect each other.
The family actually did have names in the script, but they're not mentioned in the movie and that makes them more of a unit, you almost feel part of the family because of it. They are silent and they've evolved their lives around that silence. It was really fascinating to see John and Emily as husband and wife, their onscreen chemistry is in no way forced (obviously); it all flows so naturally and feels as real as it actually is. And it brings a lot more to the picture, specifically, authenticity. Millicent and Noah, who play the two oldest children are amazing and do such a fantastic job.
The first 20 minutes or so of the movie, are completely silent. While watching it I noticed how I'd eat less and less popcorn, as it was making too much noise, it was fascinating to watch everyone else in the audience do the same throughout. If there ever was anyone being too loud with their snacks or drinks, everyone would shush them. If the Abbott family can't make noise, neither can you, buddy.
I personally have never been really sold on Blunt, she's been a decent actress in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, she's been in a couple of pretty dope movies and her acting has been above the norm, but I haven't been truly impressed. That is, until now. There's a specific scene where she honestly blew me away. I believe it's featured in one of the trailers, but just in case it's not, I won't give it away. It is painful and so incredibly beautiful and I think so many emotions rushed through me in that moment. A scene that only needed one take, says a lot about an actress and her professionalism. And deserves all of the awards. No matter what John says, Emily has the best resting bitch face.
A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and written by Brian Woods and Scott Beck. It stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward. And it's in theaters right now. You might shed a few tears, unless you're completely devoid of emotion, and dead inside. Otherwise, bring tissues.