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MOVIE REVIEW: A Quiet Place is an Emotionally Frightening Thriller

VVNG- I am just going to get this out of the way. There is a young girl (I will continue to refer to her simply as the girl) in this movie who I really disliked. She is responsible for so many of the horrific things that happen to the family in this flick. I have nothing against the actress herself, it is just unfortunate that the filmmakers decided to make her character such an unlikable little B word… (brat). If it wasn’t for her, this movie would have been pretty close to perfection. I mean, the performances are top-notch (especially from Emily Blunt), ALMOST all of the characters are appealing (especially Emily Blunt), the film itself is very well made (kudos to lead actor/director John Krasinski), and the suspense and tension during all of the extreme situations are intensely intense.

If you are expecting this to be a super scary flick, you will be disappointed. It’s not scary to the point where it will give you nightmares. However, it will frighten you if you start thinking of what you would do if you were in the situations the characters go through.

Some of those situations are definitely extreme and sometimes feel like they are straight out of a movie. I mean, why do people keep having babies in apocalyptic situations? “Oh no, there are deadly monsters that will kill us if we make any loud noises… Why don’t we bring a little human siren into this horrible situation?” Nevertheless, the film makes these situations work and makes you care about these characters (except the girl), as you cringe, hold your breath, and try to be as quiet as possible, just like them.

I give A Quiet Place, the “Checky™ Seal of Approval!” The film is able to transition from calm and quiet to anxious and intense to emotionally heartbreaking, really well. Aside from the aforementioned bratty girl, this is really solid, original film. John Krasinski (Jim Halpert from The Office) directs this flick and is able to build up suspense masterfully. He is great as a super dad just trying to protect his family from monsters who have an exceptionally acute hearing. The little boy in the movie is totally likable and acts really well. Emily Blunt is such a badass in this flick. She is never a damsel in distress. She is smart, capable and can handle so much excruciating pain in incredibly extreme situations.

This film definitely frustrated me, but not to the point where I wouldn’t recommend it. Go for the jump-scares, stay for the emotional drama, and just try not to roll your eyes too loudly at the girl, whenever she does something stupid.

So, what did you think of A Quiet Place? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.

Synopsis: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound

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