Christian Janzen’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 that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
The opening just throws you right back into the beginning of it all and it’s one of the most intense scenes I have ever witnessed. John Krasinski has grown into the director role even more this time around as everything he did in this one is better than the first. The story had plenty of surprises but also familiarity from the first. Showcasing the best aspects. Cillian Murphy adds another perspective to this story that keeps this film fresh and natural succession from the first. My favorite performance was Millicent Simmonds as she takes a more prominent role in this one and even carries some scenes herself. I was very pleasantly impressed with her performance.
My only critique is that sometimes characters fell into the trope of being dumbed down. Mostly side characters would do that and not our main characters so much but still it bothered me a little bit.
2021 - First to Worst
May - 2021