‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ is one of the most fun horror movies I’ve seen in a while. In fact, I think it might be Millicent’s favorite horror movie of the year, and I can’t disagree with her. The film builds on the premise of the original, but adds a whole new level of suspense and scares by creating a society that is completely dependent on sound-proofing and technology to survive.
I’m gonna be honest here, I’m not entirely sure what happened in “A Quiet Place”. It’s a horror movie about a family stuck in a remote farmhouse after a bunch of monsters break free from a military facility. People are killing each other left and right, until the monsters show up and start eating everything. It makes for a long and torturous movie, but there are some scenes of laughter (or what I assume to be laughter) that cut through the tension and smash you with a sense of relief.A quiet place: Part 2 played a big role in the survival mode cinema release, nearly matching the box office results of the original in its first weekend, while many theaters are still running at limited capacity. And with the third part already in development, we’ll be exploring this world again in the not too distant future.
In our short film A Quiet Place, our team looks at some of the film’s most memorable moments: Part II Exit Polling.
Describe how you enjoyed the film as a whole using an appropriate GIF.
Nick Kush: Don’t blame me, I just used the same poison as for Cruella’s exit poll:
Let’s talk about the prologue.
Spencer Henderson: I think my thoughts on consistency from Day 1 somehow apply to this franchise as a whole, which is great….. until you start thinking about it. It didn’t make sense to me that Lee seemed to know immediately that the aliens were attacking because of his keen sense of sound. After thinking about it, I realized that this detail really bothered me. At this point I found the sequence exciting and well executed.
Jack Edgar: Oh, bitch, definitely. I probably didn’t need as much Americana as we got, but the way the prologue used familiar sounds against us was fantastic. The ordinary world turned into chaos within minutes.
Bethany Lola: In fact, I’d like to see more first. There is so much happening in the world before it all falls apart, I can’t get enough of it. I think it was a perfect start.
Nick Kush: How do we know that monsters respond almost instantly to sound? Should each of them turn around and scream because they don’t understand what is happening to them? That logical leap aside, the prologue is really well done. While I’m not a huge fan of The Quiet Place, it’s episodes like this that really impress me as Krasinski directs.
How do you feel about Krasinski making Millicent Simmonds the main character? Would you like to spend more time with someone else?
Spencer Henderson: I think Millicent Simmonds is an incredibly talented and capable actress, and for me she is probably the highlight of this film. I’m also happy to see an actor representing the deaf community in such a great franchise. I can’t wait to see what else she does as an actress.
Jack Edgar: She is the heart of this story! His deafness is both his greatest strength and his greatest weakness in this world, making him by far the most engaging character. But if you’re asking me if I want more Blunt,Joop,and Murphy…. Of course, anytime.
Bethany Lola: I loved being the main character. Although my mother made a funny but relevant comment about her hearing aids…. they never last this long !!!! She has worn hearing aids for years and wishes the batteries lasted as long as Regan’s. …..
Nick Kush: Simmonds is damn good! I expected her franchise to turn into an Emily Blunt show if Krasinka wasn’t in the picture, but I’m so glad they chose Simmonds. It was a very smart move. But maybe we can spend more time with Jimon Hounsou? He died long before I understood his character’s motivations.
Part II is definitely a bigger movie than Part I. What do you think of the movie’s attempts at world building?
Spencer Henderson: Personally, I thought the world building was a little sloppy. I love how the characters in this movie have to step out of their comfort zone and be challenged, but I had major issues, especially with the way the antagonistic people are treated in this movie. Does this girl sit on the platform all day waiting to trick people? Do these people live in boats? Are there enough survivors to sustain such a mini-society?
Jack Edgar: I appreciated the tightness of the story, Krasinski didn’t give in to the temptation to overdo it and just gave us new settings and hints about the outside world. The episode doesn’t last more than 100 minutes, it never felt rushed, but it wasn’t short either.
Bethany Lola: As much as I like the movie, what are the odds that the second living person is someone they knew? I know it adds to the credibility of the story, but it made it a little less believable than the first part. Still, Emmett has set up his plan very cleverly, and it’s good to see it fail a bit. If the same characters are playing in the third game, they will definitely have to move around and explore new places.
Nick Kush: Suddenly, Scoot McNairy is unexpected! !! Seriously, why did he agree to play the role of a scavenger who has no rule dialogue? Were there other scenes with him that weren’t on screen? Honestly, when he appeared I was completely distracted from the rest of the scene, but that’s probably more Nick’s problem, stop hacking things to death, than the movie’s problem. But overall, I didn’t think the world was very well constructed. A lot of these things are done in a hurry, as if the film is just using them to get to the next step, rather than really fleshing them out. Another thing that bothered me: Why is the island playing Somewhere Beyond the Sea to warn everyone? If they have a radio signal, wouldn’t broadcasting a recorded message make it easier for people to find them? Clearly they want people to come to the island, otherwise they wouldn’t broadcast anything. Why be nice to him?
Which encounter with a monster was the most intense?
Spencer Henderson: I’d say the encounter with the abandoned train was pretty intense. I think one of the things that makes Regan such a vulnerable presenter is that her lack of hearing makes the threat of this world extremely dangerous for her. I think it’s used very well in this scene.
Jack Edgar: Incredible tension, brilliantly parallel moments of Blunt versus monsters, Simmonds versus savages, and Jupe versus oxygen deprivation. Every second was precious, every decision was exciting, and touching moments of the rescue of the parental characters came to fruition moments later in the film’s climax.
Bethany Lola: Especially a scene on an abandoned train. Before Emmett came to her rescue, I thought it was the end of the game and she wouldn’t make it.
Nick Kush: Encounter with an abandoned train! I have a serious Spielberg feeling.
What was your reaction to Regan’s last fight with the monster?
Spencer Henderson: I liked the movie overall, but the ending was a bit of a letdown. This movie is more of an in-between. I didn’t feel like this movie told a complete story like the first movie did. It ended before I felt a real ending, and more than that, it left me with questions: Is that all?
Bethany Lola: I found the resolution of this phenomenal. I love that even though they all have to go through difficult tasks and tense situations, they all survive in the end. I liked that Regan was the focal point.
Nick Kush: Honestly, it really disappointed me. I love the echoes of Blunt’s triumphant moment at the end of the first film when Regan comes in (I wish there was a Brett in What Weakness?), but personally I felt it felt more like a cliffhanger for the next film than anything else.
Suggest an idea for the film A Quiet Place Part III. Where should the franchise go next?
Spencer Henderson: I really wish they had developed the evil human species more. I think it would be great to cannibalize them for lack of resources. I like the idea that humans are as big a threat as aliens, maybe even bigger. I also think it would be great to reveal a different kind of alien. I’m not talking about aliens that don’t hunt by sound, but it would be great if some of the creatures evolved to fly to increase the threat to the island our heroes find themselves on.
Jack Edgar: It’s not a franchise I want to see last forever. These particular characters are too important, and this world runs the risk of quickly becoming monotonous once the mythology is known. I wish part three had ended with the Abbott family and their new friends looking for a new home to live in permanently. Their journey is contrasted with the late Krasinski’s efforts to keep them safe during their first two years on the farm. Emily Blunt is not dying. I’d like to get that in writing before we go any further.
Bethany Lola: I want the baby to grow up and lead the rest of us to some kind of safety. We know Regan is smart, so maybe they can work with us to figure out how to get her life back on track.
Nick Kush: I hope Millicent Simmonds and Noah Joop are at the center of part three. Their brotherly bond seems to be the only relationship that hasn’t been fully explored in this franchise. Both movies are actually about people with different family backgrounds, so hopefully they can center around each other and kill some creatures. But don’t tell us what the creatures ultimately want. That would probably be pretty trite.
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