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One of the special features on the Blu-Ray release, they talk about how John Krasinski already had a list of who he wanted to play the rest of the cast. While I commend Krasinski for his obvious passion for this film, they really shouldn't have let him run so much on his own. Noah Jupe, who plays the oldest son, is great and I never had any complaints about him, the issue is with Millicent Simmonds. I understand Krasinski demanding that a deaf actress to play the deaf daughter, there is no other way to get that authenticity, but they really should have auditioned actresses instead of just letting John have his way. Millicent isn't terrible, but she is unconvincing and pretty blank in this film. I never questioned her begin deaf, but every emotion and action of hers was unconvincing. Her role certainly required a lot more range than Jupe's, who really only had to acted frightened the entire hour and a half (which I bought wholesale, I believed him 100%), but she just couldn't do it. Aside from that issue, A Quiet Place has a unique idea and does a great job of building a genuinely tense atmosphere, but that's about all that's unique. Beyond the sound element, everything else feels very cliche and unoriginal. It's a typical monster movie with a monster that looks and works exactly like a cross between the Clickers from The Last of Us and the Demogorgon from Stranger Things with B-movie CGI. There aren't any interesting twists in the story full of plot-holes or novel cinematography. A Quiet Place really can only rest on the one unique element of quiet being necessity. Obviously, there is very little dialog and score, but the score they do have sometimes makes it hard to determine if a sound if part of the music or part of the events in the world. If A Quiet Place was given to a seasoned director or at least given Krasinski a co-director to keep him in check, this could have been a very good film, but they clearly let him wield too much power and he just didn't have the experience to be able to write, act, direct, and be the executive producer for A Quiet Place. I've seen that a sequel is on the books, so hopefully his can use this experience to make the next one better.
By : Greg Mueller | Date : 7 months ago