A Quiet Place Part II is one of those very rare sequels that is actually better than the first movie. Read on for a full review.
A Quiet Place Part II is a movie that was made for theaters. It is best seen on the big screen, in a giant room filled with people, all holding their breath as they wait in silence. If there was ever a movie that begs to be seen in that setting, this one is it.
For those who have seen the first movie, this is very much a continuation of that film. However, there is a flashback scene to start, which explains exactly what happened when the monsters first arrived on Earth. The purpose of this is also to introduce Cillian Murphy’s character, Emmett, who is one of the major players in A Quiet Place Part II.
The story follows Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan, (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe) as they attempt to survive the world after the loss of Lee (John Krasinski), which occurred at the end of the first movie. Something that is especially hard to do with a newborn baby.
A Quiet Place was very much about the adults protecting and saving the children, and the roles are reversed for Part II. It is safe to say that Millicent Simmonds is the star of this film, and she does an incredible job with it.
What Works In A Quiet Place Part II
There is so much that works with this movie. It is truly a thriller film, as it will have audiences on the edge of their seats nearly the whole time. The deafening silence adds to the suspense and allows for a whole lot of jump scares once sound arrives.
Krasinski’s directing is perfect for this type of movie. Much like with the first one, viewers will feel like they are a part of this world, trying their best to be quiet for fear of death by monster if noise is made. All of the actors do a great job as well, and the cinematography really shines. Close ups of feet as they try not to crunch leaves too much, hands covering mouths to stop the screams — little things like that completely add to the feel of the story, and make it believable.
There are lessons about trusting other humans, and that some are just inherently bad people. As with most movies like this, there are some you can trust, and some you cannot. The way both groups are weaved into this story is great.
What Doesn’t Work In A Quiet Place Part II
This movie is only an hour and forty minutes long, however, there is about five minutes towards the middle that drags on. This is due to the nature of the film, and the fact that it is very quiet as several groups of people are just walking. Yes, the point of this is to build suspense, and it does work, but perhaps it goes on just a smidgen too long.
The only other problem with this movie is the way it ends. It can feel quite abrupt and might leave audiences wanting a bit more. It almost feels like there is no closure. Hopefully this means that a Part III will be coming.
A Quiet Place Part II is a great continuation to the story of the first film. It feels like something audiences needed, rather than just wanted, and even leaves room open for a third. Simmonds shines as the lead role, and proves that kids are a lot more strong than you might think, especially when put in a life threatening situation.
There are a lot of satisfying jump scares, and nearly the whole movie is so intense that hearts will be pounding. The direction and cinematography help raise this one to a whole new level of intensity. The fact that viewers know and care about these characters after watching the first movie, makes it very easy to jump back in to this world.
It is very rare that a sequel is better than the first movie, but Part II pulls it off with intense, on the edge of your seat moments, perfectly placed jump scares, and a stellar cast.
About A Quiet Place Part II
Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. 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.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Hollywood Critics Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.