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January 22nd, 2022

a quiet place part 2 spotlight pageThe remaining Abbotts make their way toward safety in this early scene from “A Quiet Place Part 2.” Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


With a handful of exceptions, I tend to avoid sequels because most of the time, they have disappointed me because they don’t quite match the intensity and quality of their predecessors. 

In my more recent cinema experiences, however, “A Quiet Place, Part 2” has bucked that trend after I was able to see it in theaters a couple weekends ago. The movie picks up right after the events of its 2018 predecessor and follows the remaining members of the Abbott family as they leave home and navigate their post-alien invasion world and meet some other survivors. I borrowed the first movie on DVD from the library some time ago and absolutely loved it. So when I heard there was officially going to be a sequel, I knew I would have to go see it. Unfortunately, however, the COVID-19 pandemic kept pushing it back, forcing me to wait ... which ultimately actually ended up being a good thing in a lot of ways. 

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One of the first things that immediate deserves praise with this movie is the cast, with a particularly standout performance from young Millicent Simmonds, who portrays deaf teen daughter Regan and is absolutely the star of this movie. In both movies, Regan is forced to grow up VERY quickly due to the circumstances facing her family and especially in part two, Simmonds is able to convey those emotions very well. She also makes Regan strong and confident and an overall very capable character, and her quiet strength pushes the movie forward as she works toward helping her family. Another standout for me was Cillian Murphy as former family friend Emmett, who’s become a hardened recluse after losing his family to the invading aliens and ultimately helps Regan as she goes on her mission. His character arc is very well done and he goes from being hardened against helping anyone to having his eyes opened toward believing in himself and ultimately, others. Both their characters actually also kind of make me think of what’s going on in the world today with COVID-19 and everything else – he represents those who have hardened against the world and are pessimistic about things returning to normal, and she represents the people who are working tirelessly (and mostly quietly) behind the scenes to make that happen (particularly medical personnel). The rest of the cast is great and there’s a lot of great working chemistry between everyone, making it an enjoyable viewing experience. 

I also really liked how in Part 2, we actually get to see what happened on the day these aliens invaded and what led to the events of the first movie. It’s just enough backstory to let people know what happened without being too long, and the opening sequence is very well done. And the movie doesn’t waste any time with any extra backstory after that, it goes right to present day and moves right along from there. The pacing of the movie is also tight and visceral and moves very quickly, pretty much forcing the viewer to dive right in along with everyone else. Everything moves at such a good, quick pace and it’s overall very well done. 

The visuals of the movie were also very good. The design of the alien monsters is nightmare-inducing scary and I can’t even imagine how much work went into making them so realistic, so props to the people who were in charge of that design. The lighting throughout the movie is also really cool, especially during the more nighttime-focused scenes, and it helps add to the spooky atmosphere the movie is going for. The atmosphere of the movie, much like its predecessor, is very creepy and there’s a sense of tension and dread felt throughout the movie as it goes along, and it’s conveyed very well, especially in the context of an actual movie theater. Director John Krasinski is a great storyteller and does a very good job of taking the time to properly set the mood for each scene and the overall effect is a good mix between thriller film and horror film. I feel like if more directors took the time to actually properly craft a story and have a vision of what they want to see, especially with horror movies, the genre would be a lot better off. The only thing that bothered me in that respect, however, was the ending scene of the movie – I felt it was way too abrupt and there were still a few things that needed answering. However, like some other things I’ve watched lately, with the way the movie ends, the door’s open JUST enough on a few things that could allow for a third part in the future, which I’ve heard (through rumors online) could be happening. 

Overall, I very much enjoyed “A Quiet Place Part 2” and would give it a solid ‘A’ grade. The cast is great, with particular standout performances from Millicent Simmonds and Cillian Murphy, and the story of the movie is very well written. The creepy atmosphere/tone and quick pacing of the movie add to a great viewing experience, and everything else is simply solid work. If you’re a fan of the first “A Quiet Place” movie, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy its successor. 

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