Today it’s Monday and with Monday comes our article written by a guest. Today we have two firsts, a movie review (A Quiet Place) which is new territory for us and written by an long time friend Jack Wilson. I (McFinkle) used to be one of the leaders of a youth organisation that Jack attended as a boy and what a character he was! You were always guaranteed mischief and a giggle with Jack!! Take it away fella…
A quiet place starts off as it means to go on: quietly. The scene setting at the start of the movie has the feel of something that is going to go on and on, and yet the “silence” as it were, is brutally cut short only a few minutes into the film. What Krasinski has done, subtly, is to assume that you know what is happening from having watched the trailer or read a synopsis. There is no immediate explanation as to why the characters are silent, you are to take it as read from their faces and their actions that making noise means trouble of the worst kind.
Eventually we discover, through newspaper cuttings, that a race of aliens have decimated the earth and that they target sounds with violent aggression. Our family live in the countryside surrounded by at least 3 of these creatures, massive, ugly things with huge teeth and heads that are more ear than head. They are hard to kill, as the small studio that Krasinski has set up allows us to read from his notes on them.
Oddly, lots of people survive in this area but we see only two other people in the film – one old man and his dead wife. Yet, when Krasinski lights a beacon at night, at least 5 are lit in response so we assume that there is some form of community without ever seeing it in detail.
The cinematography is outstanding, with the wide angled shots of a lonely, silent family meandering through the countryside on sand to mute the sound of their steps, somehow appears beautiful despite being so desperate. Issues you wouldn’t think of come to the fore in sharp focus- anyone who cries out in anguish at, for example, losing a loved one, will swiftly be next. Grief, pain, loss etc must be dealt with in steely silence or a soundproofed room if it’s available.
I think the real positives about this film are centered around the leading characters. Krasinski himself is excellent as the protective father, stuck in a silent world of trying to lead his family in horrendous circumstances while providing food, shelter and protection. Quite how they’ve even survived this long is anyone’s guess given just how sensitive the alien menace are shown to be.
Emily Blunt, on the other side of our leading couple, is kept at her sensational best in a fabulous performance full of nuance and terrifying reality. She is pregnant throughout much of the first half of the film and as any mother can imagine, the difficulty she eventually endures in trying to have a baby silently is quite the cinematic experience, but one that she carries off immaculately as ever.
The two child stars are also excellent, the real-life deaf actress Millicent Simmons and Noah Jupe (excellent in Wonder as well if you haven’t seen it) communicate beautifully in simple sign language and lip reading. The fact that the script allows the deaf actress to be the saviour of the family at the films climax is an added bonus.
The film has a short run time but will keep you on the edge of your seat and mesmerized by the entire family. This is definitely a movie not for the faint hearted, but at its centre it is really a story about how strong a bond family can have and the lengths that people will go to in order to protect their children. Any mothers and fathers out there who aren’t at least a little bit moved by this film and its ending will surprise me.
Jack Wilson’s Bio: Jack Wilson 32, Christian. Full time firefighter, and father to Bobby, age 6. Loves football (Liverpool FC!), Rugby, Movies and being outdoors as much as possible!