MikeyB's Movie Night: A Quiet Place (2018)

Director: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

 If you've read my blog at all, you'd know that it is no secret that I love horror films. I feel like it is one of the few genres that continues to innovate and push out original content. To be fair though it is also one of the genres that pumps out a lot of turds. Tonight's film promises to do the former though according to the reviews its getting. I've been a big fan of John Krasinski in all his roles since "The Office" ended and have enjoyed the range he's been able to display. So after hearing that he not only is starring in the film but co-wrote and directed it, and I knew I had to see it. Throw in his always delightful wife Emily Blunt, and I think it is safe to say I had very high expectations going into the theater to see it. So did it live up to those lofty expectations or is it just another one of those aforementioned turds? Lets dive right in and find out!

 A family tries to survive in a world where blind monsters with super sensitive hearing stalk the remnants of humanity who must learn to live silently.

 Well I'm happy to say that for what seems like the first time in a long time, the critics and I are in complete agreement. "A Quiet Place" is simply one of the best horror films to have been made this decade and will certainly find a place in my top 5 for the year. Krasinski has managed to take such a perfectly simple idea and crafted it into one of the most tense and exciting experiences I've ever had watching a movie. What I really love about the film, beyond the perfect performances, expert pacing, and razor sharp tension, is the audacity of the film to completely and utterly commit to the idea of silence. Characters communicate almost entirely through sign language, gestures, and facial expressions. This serves not only to heighten the importance of any and every noise made or word spoken, but also pushes the actors to give some of the best performances of the year. I absolutely can not wait to see what Krasinski does next as a film maker. A word of warning: I lucked out by having an extremely respectful audience for my viewing experience, but just know that a rowdy or loud audience will simply kill the tension in this movie.

 Trivia from IMDB for A Quiet Place:

 Actor-director John Krasinski has said that the single greatest compliment he received regarding the film, was in a tweet from the master of the horror story himself, Stephen King: "A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Terrific acting, but the main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera's eye open wide in a way few movies manage" (6 April 2018).

 The bathtub scene with Emily Blunt was done in one take. According to John Krasinski, who is also Blunt's co-star and husband in real-life, as soon as he said, "Cut," Blunt immediately fell out of character and asked the crew, "What's everyone having for lunch?"

 John Krasinski almost turned down this film just as he was about to start work on the series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018). When asked by the producers if he'd be interested in appearing in a horror film, John replied that he did not do horror. But when he was presented with the premise about a 'family that can't make any noise and you have to figure out why,' he jumped on board straight away.