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A Quiet Place Part II - Review
Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
I saw the original for the first time this year and it absolutely blew me away. I'm not typically a massive horror movie fan but A Quiet Place has to be one of my absolute favorites of the genre. The vibe, the atmosphere, and the cherry on top of it all, the emotional storyline with the characters and the family made for one of my favorite films of the last decade. After having seen the original, the sequel quickly became one of my most anticipated films of the year. This time I would get to see it in the theater and experience the world of this film the way it was intended and I checked it out tonight. What did you think about this film? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Are you somewhere in between? Let me know, did you think this film lived up to the original or do you think it was a big disappointment? Without further ado, this is my review of A Quiet Place Part II.
And I'll just cut to the chase with this one, I really loved this movie. I thought it absolutely lived up to the first one and might even be slightly better. It takes everything that the first one did so excellently and raises it to the next level. Maybe it's just the theatrical experience enhancing it this time but everything about it seemed to improve. The directing, the cinematography, the sound design, it all steps up a notch.
I'll start with the obvious thing. You are horrified and on the edge of your seat every single second of this film. Even when it slows down a little you know something's not right. Every time you hear the slightest little sound you are panicking. This world is already established and you already understand how it works, so this film just goes all out with it. When someone takes even the slightest step, you're so worried that they are going to step on a leaf and crunch it or run into a stick or something like that. It's such a stressful experience and one that you are definitely going to remember.
This film also expands on the world of the first film very well and continues the story in a compelling way. This one looks at how the family is holding up after the events at the house and if you haven't seen the first film, how they are coping with *spoiler*. Emily Blunt is technically the lead I guess but in a way she is sort of sidelined and actually the daughter character takes the spotlight quite a bit. She has much more to do in this movie and goes on her own storyline with Cillian Murphy. Speaking of which, Cillian Murphy is a really great addition. I don't know if I've seen him in anything other than Batman Begins and this but in that one he showed his talent very clearly and he is fantastic in this. He's actually much more important than I expected him to be and has quite a lot of standout moments. You also have Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her son on the other end of this doing their thing. They have quite a lot of great scenes, especially towards the end. This film finds all the right moments too to just really make you feel the weight of what's going on and the emotional undercurrent.
As I said before you have a lot more of the world being expanded upon. The first film was really just about this one family alone in one home on the run from one monster. In this film you are introduced to a lot more people and the types of groups out there dealing with the monsters. There are plenty of more locations and there are more monsters hunting people everywhere. We also learn a lot more about how we can eventually move past the fear and horror of the creature and the safe place people can evacuate to and survive. We start to see how maybe there is a brighter future ahead for the Abbots.
You also get a bit of origin story for all of this. You get some flashbacks to when this disaster first started and get to see how all that played out, with Krasinski himself cameoing of course in that.
John Krasinski does a great job directing and you can see how he has improved as a filmmaker in this one. The visuals are really great, the vfx never looked bad, and the editing along with the sound design is nothing short of phenomenal. This film does absolutely no wrong with the technicals.
Finally one last thing, I went into this one slightly worried it was gonna be filled with unnecessary callbacks and what not but it actually avoids that pretty well. It makes sure to be its own thing and not rely on the original. It simply uses the same bag of tricks and amplifies them to a whole new level. Put it all together another fantastic horror film from Krasinski, but no film is really perfect.
Really the only thing I can say is that the ending is super abrupt. The first film's ending was a little off too but at least it felt like it ended on a proper final moment if not a great one. When the credits rolled I was slightly surprised that it ended so quickly. I feel like they could have done a little bit more to make that final moment feel like a final moment. Other than that I don't really have any problems with this film and this one isn't even that big of a deal.
CONCLUSION / FINAL VERDICT:
A Quiet Place Part II is a fantastic sequel. It's just as well if not better directed, intense, shot, and acted. It does just as good of a job with the character stuff and expands upon the world of the original in a great way. I might actually prefer this film to the original which I am very happy to say. If you can see this one in theaters, I absolutely without question would do it. If you can't, make sure to see it on the biggest and loudest screen possible. This is a great movie and one of the best of the year. It's a must watch in my book.