A QUIET PLACE PART II (2021)
Why reinvent the wheel when you can just expand upon what already worked? A Quiet Place Part II is the perfect follow-up to 2018’s A Quiet Place, delivering intense thrills and adventure carried on the backs of young actors Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.
Picking up where the last film left off, A Quiet Place: Part II sees the Abbott family departing home, largely destroyed and torched in the previous outing, as they fight for survival. John Krasinski (director/writer/actor) expertly continues the story of a world living in silence and ravaged by horrific creatures, staying true to the DNA of the first film while weaving a story perseverance. From the opening scenes, I was invested and on edge, never sure when to let my guard down (pro tip: never do). Much of the focus here is on young Simmonds, daughter to the Abbotts, who steps in for her departed father in courageously wanting to help not only her family, but others as well. Through her perspective as a young deaf girl, Krasinski boosts the suspense as the film shifts between silence and sound. Elsewhere, Jupe ratchets up the emotional acting as a series of unique circumstances force him to step up for his family. The addition of Cillian Murphy is equally welcomed here; Murphy has a mysterious way about him that solidly fits the his character arc. And Emily Blunt, of course, is an absolute powerhouse, commanding every scene.
A Quiet Place Part II is without a doubt a masterclass in sequels and storytelling; Krasinski is one of the best in his craft. Satisfying the itch to know a little bit more about the creatures without completely shifting tone into a full-blown creature feature, the film maintains the focus on the family and the individuals we have come to know. Well worth the wait, A Quiet Place Part II is not only a fantastic sequel, but one of the best films of the year.
A Quiet Place Part II debuts in theaters on Friday.