Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
This movie just keeps getting better, and it is one of the few films of the year (possibly the only one) that I just can’t quite get behind the major criticisms of. Normally I see criticisms and attempt to understand them, but this is a sequel that works on a level that is almost unfathomable. To dive back into this world is ridiculously risky, but Krasinski elevates almost every aspect. He said that he was hesitant to work on a sequel, but this was absolutely an idea that we are all glad he tackled. The only major knock is that the subtleties are not quite as impactful as the first, and the overall intensity is a bit more sparse, but almost every other element is built upon or improved.
The additional cast members are amazing, these lengthy takes are beyond effective, the exploration of day one is everything I wanted, and the scares are even better than the first. Jump scares can be cheap, and maybe they don’t all land, but there are a few here that will have viewers on their toes. I will admit that the theatrical experience is clearly amplifying my thoughts, as it is built to be experienced on the biggest screen possible, but both times have provided just the best experience. My dad and brother watched it with me this time around, and their reactions were incredible. Both of them loved it, and we enjoyed an evening together watching this in Regal RPX.