Movies are back in theaters and I couldn’t be more thrilled. There is something about the smell of popcorn popping, the irritation of loud fellow patrons, and the squeak of the fake leather reclining chairs that is just so welcoming. I was thrilled to be able to go in person for a viewing of A Quiet Place Part II. I am here now to give some brief thoughts on the movie and leave you with a spoiler-free review. Let’s get right into it.
A Quiet Place Part 2 stars Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who also directed and co-wrote the movie. I had a special interest in seeing this movie because it was filmed near me in upstate New York. This was a great incentive for me to see the movie and I had fun trying to pick out places that I recognized.
The movie takes place after the events of the first movie. We follow the Abbott family as they make their way out of the comfort of their home to find any other survivors that may be able to help them or that they can help. Of course, we have drama ensuing and many jump scares (I counted at least four times I nearly jumped out of my seat), but we also get some more insight into how life was before the invasion.
The movie gives us a glimpse at life on day one of the attack. We see Lee Abbott in a hurry to get to a baseball game his son is in, where we meet Emmett (Cillian Murphy). He is an integral part of the movie’s events as well. It was a nice change of pace to have another character added to the mix. The additional character added an additional chance for drama and also to see a different perspective on what it would look like to completely give up fighting.
This movie was similar in thematic elements to the first movie; fighting for survival beyond the safety of the sand pathway put in place as seen in the first film. The Abbott’s had to grow and adapt as a family in the first film. This film sees the children, especially Regan (Millicent Simmonds), determined to become more independent. She shows the same tenacity her father did and she takes that responsibility on, being the eldest child.
The journeys of the eldest Abbott children are the real scene-stealer of this movie. The acting was not only phenomenal, but the character growth was a pleasure to watch unfold. Noah Jupe and Milicent Simmonds have a great career ahead of them.
The movie ends on a slight cliffhanger. It can be surmised what happens, however, I think that the open-ended nature of the conclusion of the film, could mean a third installment or a prequel. I would like to see more about pre-invasion life, or the first days after. There is still so much story to be told, I believe, so I am hoping this movie does well and a third one can be made. So, go see this movie! Okay, don’t do it specifically for my need for another movie. Go see it because it is a good movie and anyone who enjoys this genre will have a good time.
Stay tuned next week for my spoiler free review of The Conjuring 3!