Don’t bring snacks into this screening because you won't touch them.
2017 was the year of comedian turned Horror director Jordan Peele with the superb Get Out and this year history repeats as it is indubitably the time to shine for John Krasinski and his anxiety-ridden A Quiet Place. I'm sure most of you know John for his portrayal of Jim Halpert in The Office US, but this is not his directorial debut, Krasinski was already behind the camera of 2 full length films and 3 episodes of The Office... that last part is not really shocking as pretty much everyone in the cast took a stab at directing and/or writing an episode here and there.
Enough chit chat, let me tell you why I absolutely adore A Quiet Place.
*'Spoiler' alert ahead!*
Set a couple of years in the future, we follow a family struggling to survive, because to see the light of another day they simply need to be as quiet as possible as if they make any loud noise they would be hunted down by the aliens that now rule the Earth with veeery good hearing and very sharp claws. With this not so idyllic situation, the family needs to do their best to live a normal life and not attract the monsters' attention.
*end of 'spoiler' section*
The premise is genius in its simplicity and believe me, early into the screening you will find yourself so drawn in, that even in the safety of your comfy chair, you will try to be as silent as possible and will even hold your breath… because how dare you make any noise in such situations?
Originally the writers of the first draft, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods had half an idea to develop the story into the Cloverfield universe and I can see why, but I personally like the fact that A Quiet Place ended up doing its own thing because it has an awesome original concept and has the potential to spawn many sequels of its own.
All the cast did an amazing job bringing the tension to life and I especially loved when I found out daughter Regan, played by real life deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, helped teach the whole cast American Sign Language to make it more believable in certain scenes – including one where I might have cried.
John Krasinski on the other hand let me down not giving his trademark ‘Jim stare’ at the camera even once. Very disappointed.