A Quiet Place review

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“A  Quiet Place” is a 2018 film written, directed and acted in by John Krasinski. The film is about a post-apocalyptic world in which terrifying creatures roam the earth. These creatures have an acute sense of hearing that allows them to find and kill anyone who makes even the slightest noise. The movie follows a family of five with another child on the way. This family communicates in sign language, a skill they already knew due to one of the children being deaf.

The first time I watched this movie I fell in love. Not only is the storyline dynamic and refreshing compared to the usual gore and jumpscares of the typical horror film, it’s cinematography is absolutely beautiful.

The fresh style of horror, in my opinion, is why this movie was such an instant hit. When most people think of a horror film, they think of a lot of ghosts, gore, jumpscares and scary monsters. However, with this film the scariest to me was how easily I was pulled into the world. At least when I watch it, I almost feel like if I were to make a noise, a monster would find me. I felt like I couldn’t breathe when one of the creatures was shown on screen.

The cinematography and special effects are another reason I think this movie was so popular. The beautiful scenery lulls viewers into a false sense of security and in an instant, all of the security is ripped away from you. The special effects accompanied by the false sense of security make viewers feel very uneasy throughout the majority of the movie.

In an interview, John Krasinski said that the movie was a “Love letter” to his kids and it was for his daughters. He went on to say that the whole reason he wrote the story was to show how hard a parent would fight for their family. He also said that his wife, Emily Blunt, inspired him to write the story. Krasinski said that originally he wrote the role with his wife in mind and in the end actually cast her in the movie. Blunt was the first to suggest that she be in the movie, which was in favor for Krasinski because he wanted to ask her but was afraid she would accept not because she wanted to, but for her husband. I think that is why this movie works so well. You can tell that the parents in this film love each other, which can be hard for some actors, but because they’re married in real life, it is more believable.

Another reason why I love this movie is because one of the actors is actually deaf. We don’t see a lot of actual impaired people in films. In many movies, popular actors just act like they are impaired. I think that this could give the deaf community a sense of pride and representation.

Overall, I think that this movie is a game-changer in the film industry. The use of silence, special effects and cinematography make this movie so great. I would definitely recommend this it to anyone. Even after watching for what seems like the hundredth time, the concept of creatures that have such precise sense of hearing that are able to run and track that well sticks in my mind. What if that happened in real life? What would we do?