A Quiet Place Part II

               review by Bobby Blakey

I love a good horror film, but even more so when the creative minds behind it aren’t usually known for that genre. Over the last few years we’ve had Jordan Peele with Get Out & Us and the team of Danny McBride & David Gordon Green with Halloween. In 2018 The Office and Jack Ryan star John Krasinski surprised audiences with his entry into the genre A Quiet Place. With its success it comes as no surprise he is diving back into the story with A Quiet Place Part II starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Djimon Hounsou.

A Quiet Place Part II follows the Abbott family who must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence after the deadly events at home. 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.

 

Anytime a film delivers something great, especially when it stands out as original as well it is instantly a challenge to try to live up to its legacy with a sequel. There have been very few films that have managed to do that, but I am so happy to say that this one not only lives up to it but surpasses it. Krasinski has done the impossible and not only made a great follow-up but managed to still expand the universe in a way that is a bigger movie while still keeping the same feel.

The cast are outstanding with Blunt having to lead the family solo for the most part, but it’s the kids played by Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds. They get to stand out to grow as characters as well as get an arc that redeems some of their past deeds and gives them that evolution needed to survive this world. Make no mistake thought, Blunt is so good here offering up strength and vulnerability while stepping into the forefront to be a force to reckon with to survive.