Starring Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Cillian Murphy, the follow up to A Quiet Place starts where we left off last time.
The first movie is everything you need for a good story – a solid family, a sense of purpose mixed with tragedy, and a mysterious evil. The follow up I think was another solid film, just as good as the first. There is obviously tension, and while there may be a bit less mystery, they don’t “spoil” any suspension by throwing in explanations as to what the creatures are, if there’s some mastermind behind it, or any other kind of blaring “message.” It’s simple and put together in a way that flows like scenes put side-by-side on a stage play. It was crafted with a perfect tone. It wasn’t too long or too short, and brought just enough light on some of the darkness, even with the absence of the father from the first movie (John Krasinski).(Yes spoilers, don’t read a review of a sequel if you haven’t seen the first movie). The characters are intriguing, with strengths and weaknesses. Somehow with only two short films, John Krasinski has brought memorable and compelling personalities on the screen. There isn’t much more I want to say because it’s best going into this sequel as blind as possible. I’m glad I didn’t know much about it, or else I wouldn’t have been as invested. I love horror films, and this doesn’t feel so much like a horror film, as much as a persevering survival film, which I guess can be a category of horror. Still, what makes this series work so far is the emphasis on family. The values of family is the core of what makes stories work throughout the ages. The greatest epics are centered around families (Star Wars for example). This is a picture of what it looks like when families stay strong and together, putting one another first, and knowing what is important in life. Obviously it is not without struggles (and running from evil monsters doesn’t help), but the simple and most basic threads of the story, which is a mother and her children surviving evil, is probably why this and other films like this are and will be talked about long after they premier.