colin...’s review published on Letterboxd:
The response to this film makes sense to me.
Most people liked the first one and they think this one is better.
I thought the first one was mediocre and I think this one is worse.
The first thing that has to be addressed is that the pacing here is awful. The film is literally missing a third act. Ambiguity is cool, but your film kinda just does need to have an ending, and there's just not an ending here. I checked my phone during the final scene and assumed we had a half an hour of movie left... and then it just ended. Also, this is literally the first movie again. Whenever a sequel is made, there has to be a reason for it. Whether that reason is to continue to the story in an additive way or to try something a little more experimental genre or formula wise, there needs to be a very evident case for continuing the original. In the case of A Quiet Place 2, there literally is none. I didn't get anything from this that I didn't from the first one, aside from a wonderul Cillian Murphy performance. I didn't learn anything about the characters. I didn't learn anything about the monsters. I didn't learn anything about the world itself, even though it seemed to think that it provided knowledge for said subject. Nothing whatsoever.
Another thing I have to mention is the fact that this film is cut together like a senior thesis. Like, JESUS CHRIST, we get that you like parallel editing, but you don't have to do that for the entire second half of the movie with the same emotional beats every time. Speaking of emotional beats, I didn't care about anything at all here. It's very evident from the beginning that nobody is going to die in this film, especially considering that it carries over the same level of plot convenience from the first film. And frankly, it's almost here more than it's predecessor.
Listen, the technical elements at play are, for the most part, pretty good. It's shot well, the acting is great and the sound design is fantastic. That being said, I can't commend a film that manages to make no traction as a sequel.
I'm glad that the response is positive, so much so that this series is bound to continue, but this shit is just not for me.