Thursday, May 27, 2021

A Quiet Place Part II Movie Review

Emily Blunt (r) stars in A Quiet Place Part II

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. Directed by John Krasinski.

Starring: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou.

What's Good: The first 10-15 minutes are sensational (think War of the Worlds, with a smaller budget.) Krasinski returns (for a bit) and shines brightly; but alas, the movie skips ahead to day 474 and almost nothing else (interesting or original) seems to happen.

What's Not: Once you get a peak at the monsters, the suspense is gone. Who are they, and why are they here? Krasinski's teleplay fails to tell us (anything) which results in lots of screen time for teen dullards Simmonds and Jupe, and little else. Even Blunt disappears, which strips the movie of its (lone) charismatic salvation. Part II could/should have been a thrilling prequel, but the directional misstep seals its doom.

Budget: $61 million

Runtime: 97 minutes

Target Audience: If you liked the first one...

Bottom Line: I was really looking forward to this one, but a sequel demands a whisper of originality, and I failed to find any. On a more positive note, the sound is incredible (see it at AMC Tysons, where your seat will literally shake your soul/foundation) and it manages to hold your attention, even if you missed the original. Great start, boring middle and a lousy ending. What more can I say?

Grade: B- (It should be lower, but the aforementioned beginning is (just about) worth the price of admission & the boredom that follows.)