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“A Quiet Place” – Emily Blunt and John Krasinski: Hollywood Film Tribute

Today we are recognizing A Quiet Place, as well as co-writer/director/star John Krasinski, plus co-star Emily Blunt. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking.

It’s always a good thing when the awards season has a horror film in the mix. The fact that A Quiet Place is so technically well done is just a bonus. Real life couple Blunt and Krasinski have incredible chemistry, while the latter showcases brilliant genre filmmaking chops. It’s a surprising gem that could be on the cusp of some major Academy Award attention…

From our rave review all the way back in April:

PG-13 is usually the kiss of death for horror. Reliant on jump scares, an absence of gore, and an aim to be just terrifying enough to still work for teenagers, it’s the wheelhouse for horror sequels and throwaway ghost stories. Then, we have A Quiet Place. This is a true cut above. What John Krasinski has accomplished here is truly remarkable. From the first Teaser Trailer, it seemed like this had potential. Then, having seen it last week, I was blown away. It’s truly a new horror classic, along with being one of the five best movies that I’ve seen in 2018 so far.

The film is a fright flick that actually manages to scare you while still telling a riveting story. Set in the days after a devastating alien invasion, we follow a family who has managed to spend the months since surviving in upstate New York. The creatures (aliens, it seems) are blind, but have incredible armor and are sensitive to sound, so if they hear you, they pretty instantaneously kill you. Luckily, the Abbott family has adapted. Daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) is deaf, so they already knew American Sign Language. Father Lee (Krasinski), mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt), plus sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward) seem to have a system in place, though one wrong move in the opening act costs them dearly. From there, we check in at two other junctures with the Abbotts, each of which offers a new insight into what they’re going through. Suffice to say, danger lurks at every single turn. Factor in a pregnancy and the tension levels are through the roof. Krasinski directs and co-writes with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who both contributed the original story. Without anyone else really in the cast, it’s all about this family. The haunting score is by Marco Beltrami, while some terrific cinematography comes to us from Charlotte Bruus Christensen.

Folks, this movie is legit unsettling. From the unique creatures to the use of sound, everything here works to keep you on edge. Again, not having an R rating doesn’t impact this one bit. The folks at Platinum Dunes (yes, Michael Bay is a producer here, but he doesn’t factor into the equation one bit) are notorious for mediocre PG-13 outings, but this is anything but. There are certainly jump scares here, but they feel organic and are executed with panache. We can easily see a style on display that elevates the already strong material. Just like It Follows a few years ago, it makes horror into an art form all its own.

Photos Courtesy Paramount Pictures

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A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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