Well, there goes the opportunity to name it A Quieter Place (ba-dum-tss). It's been two years since A Quiet Place and its crowning… crowning scene shook us all. The film seemingly ended with a definite denouement, so while we're anticipating the sequel, we're not sure if it's entirely necessary. Do we need it? What else is going to happen?
Especially when the groundbreaking essence of the first movie hinges so much on its silence, how much of the tension would be reduced with the added dialogue in the second? Both the synopsis and trailer clue in to an element—monster or otherwise—more dangerous than the last threat. That, along with a bearded Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) and Djimon Hounsou (Captain Marvel), is the potential we're crossing our fingers for.
“If the first movie is about parenthood and the promise that you make to your kids that I'll keep you safe no matter what—that's, that's inevitably a false promise,” John Krasinski tells Esquire, “The second one is about that promise being broken and it's about growing up and it's about moving on and dealing with loss. For me this whole movie becomes about community. It’s about who do you trust in dark times and the power of relying on other people in dark times.”
What we like
Don't you love a sequel that contains a prequel? Which means despite the death of his character (though we technically did not see him die), we'll still get to see writer/director/actor John Krasinski reprise Lee Abbott before the chaos descended. Also, we can't be the only ones thinking that the excellent driving shot oddly parallels Bird Box.
Kudos to Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) still wearing the same dress championing not only continuity, but sustainability. We're also looking forward to seeing more of real life deaf actress Millicent Simmonds shine in this sequel.
What we didn't like
That classic horror movie font opening for Part II. We already know it's a scary thriller. What happened to that whisper-y smoke opening from the first? Still, it's really the increased dialogue we're indicated to expect. It only gives the audience license to chew their popcorn loudly, slurp sodas noisily, and talk freely during the movie.
A Quiet Place Part II hits theatres 19 March.