A Quiet Place

Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West

A Quiet Place
Directed by John Krasinski
Written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski

Back in the early days of cinema, actors and actresses had to use only their facial expressions and body language to tell the story. Here in this film, those elements are reintroduced again, but in a world were alien creatures hunt by sound as the backdrop to a film that actually benefits from not explaining things, and having less dialogue. John Krasinski, perhaps best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the sitcom The Office, directs and stars in this horror film with his real life wife, Emily Blunt. Blunt’s performance I will say hands down is phenomenal, and also the rest of the cast delivers a solid performance, but the films belongs to Blunt. She conveys through facial expressions and body language all of the full range of emotions capable of being captured on film. This films impressed me so much that I saw it again the same day. Although upon a second viewing the jump scares were known, it did allow me to focus more on their story and explore how well Krasinski captured the scenes and his direction of the story. A perfect balance of story, characters, and drama mixed with an appropriate amount of tension and foreboding that is quite frankly a breath of fresh cinematic air. This film is a perfect film to review as a ‘Writing a Movie RIGHT’.

Here comes the spoilers.

It is the year 2020 and a family has been surviving for 89 days after the world has been invaded by alien creatures who kill anything that makes a noise. A family consisting of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and their three children are scavenging for supplies and medicine in a small town. The youngest child is fascinated by space and believes that the family could use a rocket to get away from the monsters. During the scavenge, he finds a space shuttle and nearly activates the sounds and lights of the toy when he is abruptly stopped by his father. A tragic turn of events shortly after sees the young boy killed by an alien as he still took the toy and the batteries from the store. This sets the rules of their way of life early on. Make a sound and you die. The tension of their daily lives of living making almost no noise is fascinating to watch. It goes a long way to help their survival that their oldest daughter is deaf and they already knew sign language. This helps tremendously in their day to day communication with each other and lends subtitled dialogue in place of very limited spoken lines. The young actress, Millicent Simmons, delivers a fantastic performance of a daughter struggling with the blame she has put upon herself over her young brothers death and feels her father hates her. This emotional arc and plot thread is weaved masterfully and is handled with such patience screen time wise given its tight ninety minute runtime. The film jumps ahead over a year since the young boy’s death and we see that Emily Blunt’s character is pregnant. It quickly begs the question why bring a child into this world, but soon we are shown all of their precautions to having the baby and keeping things quiet.

Now I do not want to continue spoilers, as it would be a huge disservice to the film and what I will say is the story moves along at a tense and purposeful pace. There is hardly any wasted moments, and it would be very interesting to see how much was cut from the film later when it is released on DVD. Yet do not wait to see this fantastic film at home. The sound, and at times the lack thereof, is a treat that you must be in a surround sound theater to fully appreciate the audio work that the sound engineers have delivered. Upon my second viewing I paid more attention to those details and I was floored by the audio work at play here pushing and pulling the story along so perfectly and timed so well. If this film isn’t nominated for sound category Oscars would be a shame.

This is something Hollywood needs more of. Great writing in a film. I look forward to what else these writers have in store for the future. They certainly have a huge hit on their hands and I certainly hope they continue their writing success.

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