I will always be honest about the fact that my aversion to scary movies has to do with the fact that I’m a tiny baby who gets scared way too easily. Yet, I still somehow found myself sitting inside of a movie theatre waiting for A Quiet Place to start. I’m not sure of the kind of journey that I was expecting from the film, but I do know that I was completely unprepared for the sweaty palms and the sobbing that eventually happened.
A Quiet Place follows a family who is trying to survive in a world where creatures, who hunt by sound, exist. They must navigate a life in silence and suddenly I’m aware of every little sound my life very movement causes. In interviews, John Krasinski described this film as “a love letter to my children” and I think that’s what intrigued me about the film the most.
Sure, the movie has its fair share of jump scares and anxiety-driven scenes but the magic is in the love within the movie. Yes, I said love and yes, I am completely aware of how odd that sounds when speaking about a horror film. The chemistry between Emily Blunt and John Krasinski is palpable and the foundation of the story started there for me; it was in the understanding looks and the touch of the shoulder and the quiet jokes … suddenly I’m falling in love with them and googling how polyamorous relationships work.
Jokes aside, I found myself often forgetting that I was watching a scary movie; the lengths that John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s characters go to protect their children can’t help but cause an emotional reaction from the audience; and I have the tear-stained face to prove it. Beautiful, emotional and deaf actress; Millicent Simmonds, who plays Emily and John’s daughter portrayed every emotion perfectly.
Emily Blunt, in that bathtub, (you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about once you watch the film) is a scene that has forever ingrained itself in my brain. My stress levels were at an all-time high but the rollercoaster of a ride was completely worth it. John Kransinski took my breath away; this is coming from someone who is just watching The Office for the first time, but who knew John would immediately jump at the top of my “Favorite Actors” list by the end of the film.
The thing about “A Quiet Place”, is that it’s so much more than a horror film. The movie consists of a stressful storyline carried about by characters full of heart and it’s no surprise hat I found myself sobbing throughout the film. No joke, at one point my friend turned to me to say something and all I could reply was, “I’m sobbing”.
So yes, this film exists as a love letter from parents to their children but it’s also a moving love letter from creators to aspiring creators and now I’m off to finish my screenplay.