Boy, let me tell you guys. I was quite excited to hear about all the rave reviews for A Quiet Place. Every recent year seems to crank out at least one or two great horror movies, and I was ready to see 2018’s first.
So I was really bummed when I left the movie completely disappointed.
Now I understand that not liking this movie is now a point of contention for many people; when it turned out that YMS really disliked it, I saw a bunch of people accusing him of coming into the film with the intention of hating it, or accusing him of being a contrarian.
So if you plan on accusing me of the same things after reading this review, you can get bent. A Quiet Place was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. When I read a small handful of bad reviews, I decided to be completely skeptical of them until I saw the film myself.
However, in my opinion, after seeing the movie, I believe it has only a small handful of positives that do not make up for all of its downfalls.
What I liked most about the film was some of the established family dynamics. They never really flesh them out to a massive degree, but the film does have a decent amount of successfully sentimental scenes.
On top of that, I think the first fifteen minutes of the movie was really good. It goes downhill from there, but I digress.
Also, the CGI for the monster was pretty good.
The acting quality is all over the place. Emily Blunt was easily the best actor in the movie even though she wasn’t given too much to do. John Krasinski was never bad, but he was also never great. The two child actors were surprisingly unconvincing in their performance despite the fact that the film has almost no dialogue. There was a handful of moments where the child acting was cringeworthy.
I’ve seen a few reviewers, when talking about this movie, say something to the effect of “you shouldn’t try to watch A Quiet Place and expect it to make sense logically.” This sentiment horrifies and baffles me.
What really irritates me about Film Twitter is that when they want to hate a movie, they will logic it up and down to explain why it’s flawed. When they want to love a movie, apparently applying logic to it is “nitpicking” or “having unrealistic expectations” or “being a product of CinemaSins”. It’s the laziest shit in the world, and it’s why I don’t take most of Film Twitter seriously.
The character logic in A Quiet Place often decided to not make sense. Most of the time it happened, it was to further the plot or to make some sort of cheap sentimental scene.
Now I’m not saying that characters being stupid is an automatic fail; as long as their actions make sense within the story, and they’re being true to their characters, stupid decisions can usually be utilized without feeling cheap. A Quiet Place doesn’t do that at all (mainly because I’m not sure if I’d call anybody in this movie a developed character).
There’s a large handful of scenes that waste time for no reason when they could’ve used that time for character development or to flesh out their concept.
There are a plethora of fake jump scares (you know, those things that film reviewers tend to hate when the movie isn’t called “A Quiet Place”?)
The dialogue (verbal and nonverbal) is simplistic and was rarely interesting, compelling, or witty.
Oftentimes, when they decided to relay information visually, it was in a lazy and/or uninspired way.
There was also an excruciatingly underdeveloped conflict between the father and oldest daughter that felt fake the entirety of the story.
The movie, at first, seemed to do some fantastic things with sound in the film (like I said, the first fifteen minutes of the film are great), but after that, they never do anything that took advantage of the film’s gimmick. Aside from using sound to give us a deaf character’s point-of-view (which was great), there was nothing interesting that the movie did sound-wise, cinematography-wise, or concept-wise with the idea of a world where you needed to be quiet under fear of death.
This is probably my biggest disappointment with this movie. If they failed to fix all of its other problems, but did amazing things with its concept, I probably would have enjoyed the film regardless.
Although A Quiet Place does excel in sentimentality, it misses the mark in virtually everything else. I’m honestly so despondent over this because I was under the impression that I would be considering this film as a contender for my Best of the Year list. And while A Quiet Place will not make my Worst of the Year list, I’m still very shocked at how much people love this movie.
It is incompetent in ways that many people wouldn’t tolerate if it was directed by some nobody and produced by Blumhouse. That’s just me though, I guess.
In any case, I think you should still see this film, mainly because almost everyone that isn’t me loved it. If you loved A Quiet Place, I’m happy for you. However, it is impossible for me to say the same.