Rating: PG-13, Time: 1hr 30min, Director: John Krasinski, Cast on IMDb
So how quiet is A Quiet Place?
That is an interesting concept as its advertising the monsters come based on sound alone, so you have to sound proof your house to survive in this environment. So right at the start there are actually scenes with no sound, no soundtrack and no voice obviously. It creates a very interesting environment as you've never been in a quiet movie since sound was introduced. Another "quiet" movie was the original Alien with the buildup of suspense towards a showdown with a hard to kill Alien, but in that movie there is actually sound, which gives the mood of each scene. Here we have quiet, no soundtrack to enhance the vulnerability of the family to attack in the movie. A really interesting twist on the quietness is that one daughter is deaf, so she can't even know what is noisy or be afraid of the Aliens as they approach. The father is trying to build out a hearing aid to help this daughter.
What did you think of cutting the whole invasion from the plot?
So the director decided to cut off how the Aliens arrive, how they defeat the US Army and only a few farming families are left due to the scarcity of food access in the cities. Of course, I'm guessing since the cities are never shown. I think this helps get to the meat of the story, however without the drama buildup of the hopelessness of defeating the Aliens don't really feel so scary. The audience is left to be scared of the advertising. They do reflect back to articles clipped from newspapers and magazines before humanity collapses before the alien invasion. I think here the director made a mistake. He likely could have had some of the articles introduced over time to get better informed of the Aliens and why they have to live so silently. Also having some stories of how say New York City fell would have added to say the fear of the Aliens. We are only presented of all the newspapers clipped. This is a mistake, all movies being visuals should show rather than tell. Also the white board conclusions could have been a scene in itself as the family brainstorms how to defeat and defend against the aliens.
Any other changes you would make?
The family built up a series of monitors to check if there were creatures approaching and a cool failsafe with different lights than usual. I think they could have shown the mother seeing the creatures attack via the monitors, but she never sees anything. Again, I think they would not have been so stupid in their placement of cameras and could have seen some of the scary moments on the monitors to intensify the lack of control and huge disadvantage not being able to use sound or voice to communicate in a crisis.
How was the pacing of the movie?
Again, skipping the invasion slightly weakens the crisis of dealing with these lethal monsters. So as the movie gets faster, you almost can't tell, since there is not always a connection to the kid under attack in the movie. In the middle of the movie, some girl asked her friend, "how long is this?" Of course, later once the aliens are in full assault mode on the family farm, there is no slack in the movie. The ending is very strong since they just suggest what is the outcome vs. knowing exactly what will happen. So I think I would have done quick flash backs maybe to the beginning that was chopped off to build more tension in the present.
Were there any plot holes?
I think since they cut off the beginning of the invasion, we don't have any objections there. However, the final clue to the end would have been used by the US Army or Russian Army in the beginning that never was. Both armies have this type of weapon. So basically, the aliens would never have gained the upper hand over all of humanity. Of course, as a fun movie you can overlook this as a kid's scary movie.
Do you have any art related to the movie?
Volcanic Motherly Rage 3 - 12x12 inches
In this work, I have it done in my Metal Mayhem style, which is primarily in metal tools with intense reds, browns, oranges and cream colors. After I finished, it felt like I had put all the energy of my raging mother into the series. It had a really intense feel of pain and suffering. In the movie, the family is being persecuted simply for being alive and making noise, so there is a real spirituality of the family in drastic crisis. This painting captures this intense long-term family suffering.