Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review
A Quiet Place
Rating: 9/10 (Great)
Recommendation: Pay The 8
The acting is so good. Most of everything is done through facial expressions and emotions because if you make a sound, you’ll be hunted. So the film really hinges on strong acting to be able to get us, the audience, to care about the characters on screen.
The suspense is intense. Every scene is filled with thoughts such as “Is that too loud?” And so on. You’re always holding your breath because you never know what will spark the creatures to attack the characters in the movie.
The film also does a great job of showing you the background and using that to describe the situation other than using words. Yes, movies do this a lot with the whole “Show don’t tell” premise but you don’t always get a chance to fully appreciate it until you have a film like this with limited dialouge.
The story isn’t paced the best. There are large leaps in time that just miss out on potential plot information. The movie could’ve taken a little more time to let things settle in as opposed to making things feel rushed. (Especially with the other humans out there. Like, we know there are others but why don’t they form a society or a group?)
There are a couple of jump scares that just feel out of place and are distracting since they’re “Fake out” scares. The film didn’t need such things and it feels extremely cheap when they’re being used in this setting.
And, finally, the climax might feel like it has a little too much going on towards the end. The movie has a short run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes so it tries to cram in as much stuff as it can. If it was longer, they could’ve fleshed out the climax a lot better. But then again, if they did that, it might have missed the point altogether.
The tension is real. If there’s one thing this film really has going for it, it’s the uncomfortable atmosphere. You never really get settled in because you’re always holding your breath along with the characters. Sure, there are some flaws, maybe even plotholes, but that doesn’t take away from the uneasiness you feel throughout the movie as you are actively rooting for the characters to survive. And that’s good film making.
Also, no, this wasn’t a very “Quick” review but like I said before, sometimes it’s okay to extend the review accordingly.
This is something I wanted to just get off my chest real quick. It’s not a huge issue but it can take away from the experience of the movie for some.
Okay, for those who stayed, here it is. The creatures are never explained. They don’t really say where they’re from, what they are, or anything along those lines. You get a basic concept of how they work but that’s about it.
Now this isn’t a huge problem but throughout the whole viewing I kept wondering where these things came from? Yeah, they showed some newspaper articles in the beginning but I don’t think they really talked about what they were or where they came from. (If those papers did say something, and I missed it, let me know).
Like I said, it’s not a huge issue but I was curious to know more about them. Also it could distract you but I hope it doesn’t. Let the film surround you with it’s atmosphere first and then you can complain about the problems you had with it afterwards. I feel that should be a good trade off.