It is very rare that sequels end up competing with the film from which they originate. a quiet place part 2 Not only does it match the first installment of the story, script, and thrill, but in fact I wondered if this movie was better than the first in many ways.
Picking up where the first film left off – a family tries to survive the apocalypse caused by mysterious but blind alien monsters preying on humans using their enhanced sense of hearing – A quiet place 2 begins by giving the audience a tasting portion of how the alien attack began. This then brings us back to the Abbott family as they continue to walk through alien infested land very quietly, hoping to find an escape route from the deadly alien race that has now taken over the world.
Make no mistake: the best part of A quiet place 2 is the acting game. Director John Kransinski manages to bring out the raw emotion of his actors (no surprise considering he led the acting master class in the first film) in a way that transports us to the apocalyptic world of the film and sympathizes with the Abbotts.
Emily Blunt is at her best, as her character, Eveyln, continues to demonstrate quiet strength and everlasting resilience on their journey. New cast Cillian Murphy, shedding his Peaky Blinders shaved face and sporting a sturdy beard, also manages to fit in well with the film franchise.
However, it’s Millicent Simmonds, playing the role of hard of hearing Regan, who holds the film together. She encourages us to support her, encourages her and makes her trip ours. Soon we find ourselves identifying with her, wanting her to win, and finding a personal stake in her story, her quest and her victories.
As in the first film, the presence of minimal dialogue (aliens will get you if you speak, remember?).
A quiet place 2 has its share of dread, thrills and chills. The film brings us closer to the invading alien race and engages us in the efforts of the Abbots and Emmet to keep the monsters at bay as they attempt to find refuge. It gives off great amounts of fear and hope in equal measure, as it teaches us an emotional lesson in love, family, and sacrifice.
Another strong point of A quiet place 2 is the editing of the film. Christopher Tellefsen does a commendable job, generously using match cuts to bring out a visual masterpiece while highlighting themes like bravery, survival, and daring. In fact, a key ingredient in the film’s seat edge feel and storytelling is the cut, as its cuts reflect key moments in different locations, as the characters embark on individual journeys.
The edit doesn’t end with match cuts that look for similarities in resilience. The sound editing is also top notch, as it alternates between crisp sound and muffled vocals and sounds whenever he changes perspective from other characters to Regan who can’t hear. I can’t think of a lot of movies – The Father is an exception – lately that identify you with a character whose experiences and medical conditions are not the same as yours. A quiet place 2 does it well using simple sound editing.
The horrors of enclosed spaces and forced silences, associated with a journey of resilience and bravery make A quiet place 2 a movie for the ages. Watch the first episode before moving on to this one if you haven’t already, and buckle up for one hell of a ride.
(Edited by : Jomy Jos Pullokaran)
First publication: STI