Although not a revolutionary film in the horror genre, A Quiet Place caught my attention with its ability to create a great sense of suspense through silence. I even made a joke about it, saying that A Quiet Place is not a popcorn movie. It’s a film that won’t let you eat popcorn. However, the second film, while still revolving around the theme of silence, has more action scenes compared to the first one, so you won’t have any trouble enjoying your popcorn. I’ve tried it myself, so I know. Jokes aside, as someone who really enjoyed the first film, I can confidently say that the second film not only lives up to its predecessor but might even be better. In a nutshell, A Quiet Place Part II is definitely a movie that you can enjoy watching in the cinema.
Let’s briefly touch upon the plot… Starting exactly where the first film ended, the second film portrays the Abbott family searching for a new shelter. While the mother is willing to settle for any shelter for her children, Regan believes that the song playing on the radio contains a message and is determined to find its source, despite the presence of monsters outside. However, no shelter is safe anymore, and being outside is the worst mistake one can make. Because now, it’s not only monsters out there but also humans.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski weren’t initially keen on making a second film. Emily Blunt believed she couldn’t surpass the first film. That’s why the children in the second film take over the leading roles. Alongside Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds bear the weight of the film’s action. However, only one of them shines significantly: Millicent Simmonds. As I mentioned in the first film, she is truly deaf, and it saddens me because, in the A Quiet Place Part II, we see that she is a fantastic actress. I would love to see her frequently in the future, and I hope her disability won’t hinder her career.
The first film primarily derived its horror from silence. We witnessed the tension that arose from the family’s constant need to remain silent due to the presence of monsters outside. However, the second film places more emphasis on action. In the film’s opening sequence, where we encounter the creatures more frequently, we partially see how these creatures came into the world. Frankly, I would have liked them to give a bit more weight to flashback scenes. But it seems they saved that for the third film. In the possible Part III, we will likely witness the creatures taking over the world and their destruction through Regan’s invention.
Despite the reluctance of its creator and main cast, I wasn’t surprised by the second film’s success. It is rare for a sequel to be better than the original. The first film established an emotional bond between the father and daughter. In the second film, these emotional aspects take a backseat, but a few mediocre cliché scenes are added instead. Every film has its flaws. I didn’t find the idea of adding deranged people particularly objectionable, like in The Walking Dead. It was good that they didn’t dwell on it too much.
In summary… A Quiet Place Part II manages to surpass its predecessor to some extent. It is definitely a film to be enjoyed in the cinema. Especially with its fuller action compared to the first film and its skillful use of silence, it becomes a complete popcorn movie. Yes, this time, it is. One of the film’s most successful aspects is the story branching out into three different paths towards the end, each with its own distinct action. However, I will probably remember the second film mainly for Millicent Simmonds’ outstanding performance. I hope she continues to be part of the possible third film and provides a satisfying conclusion to the universe.
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Cast & Crew
director: John Krasinski
writers: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski
starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward, Cillin Murphy
USA | 2018 | 90 MINUTES |