Rarely do sequels live up to the calibre of the originals. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between. Over the course of the year and a half (so far) of the pandemic engaging in leisure or entertainment activities was not an option. Now, as things are slowly opening back up again, some things are available again. One of those is taking in a movie in a theatre. Though you can watch almost everything from the comfort and safety of your home, for true fans of film there is nothing like watching a movie on a big screen surrounded by others. There is just something about it.
The perfect example of a film which was made to be seen in a movie theatre is A Quiet Place Part II. The sequel to the John Krasinski directed and written A Quiet Place. The little film that could. When A Quiet Place came out in 2018 the most anticipated thing about it was the two stars – Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt. Slowly but surely the hype around it grew. It became one of the biggest successes of the year. As such, people wanted more and so a sequel was born.
After a little background story (origin information), we begin right where the last one ended. Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns, The Girl on the Train) is trying to keep her three children, a newborn baby and two teenagers, alive under terrible conditions. The world is overrun by the aliens who hunt by sound. They have had to flee their home as it is burnt down and overrun with aliens. Evelyn is a mother who is trying to protect her family.
While there is a little more of the same as the first film here, what Krasinski has wisely chosen to do with this film is expand on it. Tension filled, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat throughout its short 90 minute run time, and filled with poignant moments, this is a film which is thoroughly enjoyable.
Some will point out some stupid choices by characters and a lack of story, but those are the types of people who just like to look for something to complain about. No film is without flaws if you look hard enough.
I did like that Emily Blunt took a back seat here to the wonderful Simmonds. This is really her film and her scenes with newcomer to the Quiet Place world, Cillian Murphy (from television’s Peaky Blinders), are some of the best in the entire film. While the original was downright scary this one relies more on tension. Less jumpy and more gripping of the armrests kind of stuff.
Sound, or lack thereof, was amazing in the first and it continues to be excellent here. But again, different. This time there is plenty of sound. Combined with great cinematography courtesy of Polly Morgan (The Intervention, Slumber) and strong acting, especially by Millicent Simmonds ( A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck), makes for another compelling watch.
Most importantly what this film brings to viewers is that wonder of seeing a film in the cinema. Don’t discount how important that is and how, after all that we have gone through, much we need it.