Throughout the hour and a half long movie, I couldn’t help but wait for that precious moment when John Krasinski’s character would turn his gaze to the camera and give the audience a classic Jim Halpert smirk n’ shrug. Alas, it didn’t happen…
Now that we’ve gotten the obvious “The Office” joke out of the way (pretty poor one at that), let’s dive into Krasinski’s directorial debut A Quiet Place. The film takes place in a rural, farmland area that looks to have been abandoned by all civilization. Just as the movie title would entail, being silent is imperative for survival. There were moments in the theater that I seriously wondered whether or not the sound had cut out, that’s how quiet they had to be.
Floating between the two genres of thriller and horror, A Quiet Place is a sort of hybrid film that accomplishes quite a few things. For starters, the 90-minute run-time was the perfect length that ensured my full attention and kept me entertained throughout the movie. Krasinski and Emily Blunt were sensational on the big screen as the two leading big names, while the two children, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, provided extraordinary performances for this type of movie.
The narrative of the film was simple, yet effective: keep quiet or risk getting torn apart by monsters. While Krasinski’s film did an excellent job of providing suspenseful moments that at times reminded me of Jurassic Park, A Quiet Place isn’t without its flaws. The method of how the film distributed background information was a bit unorthodox. The origins of the monsters or why this is happening was never touched on, so I spent some time during and after the movie developing my own theories. Not to say that that is a bad thing, but it might’ve added more to the overall plot if we knew that the monsters were aliens or man-made. Krasinski might’ve gone against that idea, because then it could’ve altered the genre to more of a science-fiction film so I can understand that hole, but it would’ve been nice to have. Although we didn’t get a good sense of what these monsters were, the concept behind them was very original and creative.
Krasinski’s debut as a director was an interesting one. His film wasn’t perfect, but it did enough creatively and in a precise manner that he seems to have a bright future behind the camera as much as in front of it. Blunt does an amazing job as the second lead in A Quiet Place, and the overall pace was very good. While I wished that more background information behind the monsters and the seemingly world-wide crisis would’ve been given, it does leave a bit of intrigue and allows one to fill in the blanks with their own creative theories.
Final Score: 7.5/10