A Quiet Place Part II is a 2021 American horror film, and the sequel to 2018's A Quiet Place. The film was written, produced, and directed by John Krasinski. Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe reprise their roles from the first film while Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou join the cast.
Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
A Quiet Place Part II is pretty much the original film, and I loved every second of it. It is the tension-filled family drama spectacle that the original was.
I loved the original film, and it's become one of my favorites in that genre. This film stands up to the first. I will say this though, if you were wanting something different, then you will be disappointed. I can watch the same film 100 times and continue to be entertained, but I know not everyone can. This film is a part 2 in every sense. It follows the same formula, it has similar story beats, and even character arcs. But I loved every second of it.
This film is the definition of tension. Every scene was heart pumping with an excellent use of sound. I did have one big problem with the film. This one picks up right where the original left off with the family taking on these creatures. We go through the entire film knowing how to kill these things, and it does take away from the horror. These creatures as unstoppable baby killers is what really drove the horror of the original, and that's really not here. The inherent problem with horror sequels is that the elements of both surprise and the unknown are gone, but the directing really does save it. John Krasinski helmed this film beautifully with masterfully crafted shots that take it to another level. There was an excellently-crafted scene in a train that played with the sound so well.
This film goes from one tense scene to another. It can grow a little tiring towards the end, but even after watching the original and part 2 back to back, I felt as if both films were very well paced. I'd say if you loved the first film and don't mind watching a very close sequel, then you're going to love this film. Overall, I think this is one of the best horror sequels made.
Emily Blunt is amazing as always. She's never given a bad performance. She's one of the most reliable actresses working today. However, I'd say the real star is Millicent Simmonds. She plays this role so well.
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Noah Jupe definitely looks older and sounds a little different, but he's still really good. He got a lot more to do in this one, which I really loved.
Cillian Murphy was the newcomer and he's Cillian Murphy. The dude never fails to amaze me. Overall the acting was as good as you'd expect from this very talented cast of actors.
The film opened up with a fantastic scene. I want to see the film that that scene promises. Don't get me wrong, I loved both of these, but it truly was an amazing opening. In hindsight though, the scene does feel like it was made for the trailers. Once you watch the film all the way through, you're kinda like, hey, I see what you did there. Either way, it recaptured the terrifying opening of the original in a new and exciting way.
The rest of the film pretty much follows this family as they go to a new place and the stories that branch out from that. This is were the film gets a little weak. You have certain genres, particularly TV drama shows, where there's a lot of artificial conflict. There is a main plotline that makes sense and is the main focus of the film. There is a second one following Emily Blunt that was a lot weaker, and no it's not as bad as those Lifetime movies, but it felt like it had to be there instead of needed to be. It was so unnecessary and separated from the more interesting story. You question why it was there.
With that being said, it still wasn't bad. There was some great horror and especially tense scenes. It was entertaining and there were some character moments that I really felt. Again, I loved this film plot included, but it's clearly a weak link in a great film.
To sum this film up, all I have to say is John Krasinski. He was the glue that held this film together. Every issue I had was made 10 times better with clever writing and excellent directing. He deserves praise.
The film as a whole had problems, and I'm not sure if it's going to hold up as well as the original, but the heart of that film was captured here. A small town family drama mixed with an intense thriller. This film gave me everything I needed and I really couldn't ask for more. It does feel like the original repeated in some large sections, but if you don't mind that, you will have a great time.
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