by Caitlin Marceau
A Quiet Place (2018)
Directed by John Krasinski
One of the best things about going to the movies is the buttery, fresh, hot from the popper popcorn, but if you caught this year’s A Quiet Place in theatres then chances are you didn’t eat anything for the film’s 90-minute runtime. That’s because the movie was so silent, so minimalist in its sound design, and so scare with music that the idea of crunching anything during its screening would have been sacrilegious.
A Quiet Place is a film set in a world where monsters have killed the bulk of humanity. Drawn to sound, these beings are fast beyond measure with seemingly bulletproof skin, and will cut down anything that makes enough noise to draw their attention. The Abbott family has found a way of life which allows them to survive, provided they live entirely in silence. While the group is used to communicating in silence thanks to their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), they’re less prepared for the baby that Evelyn (Emily Blunt) is about to have in this terrifying new world.
While the movie is a horror film, the heart of it is a family drama. The dynamic between Regan and her father Lee (John Krasinski) following the death of the youngest Abbott family member is tense, raw, and feels genuine. To watch the lengths the father would go save his family, while still trying to reconcile the loss he experienced, is moving and heartfelt. While the silence and sound design throughout the film is impressive, the relationships are easily the highlight of the movie.