I was excited to find A Quiet Place Part 2 at Redbox recently because I really enjoyed the first installment. Here’s the trailer for part 2…
A couple things I liked… The sound design for this one was stellar! My favorite part of the sound was how they used silence (surprise, surprise) from the perspective of the deaf daughter. The thriller/horror genre of movies uses all kinds of sound effects to frighten audiences. Think of animals growling, monsters screaming, orchestra songs building… but taking the sound away completely was actually more frightening. I guess I didn’t realize how much I, as an audience member, rely on the sense of hearing as it relates to thrill of a movie. Without that, and just relying on sight… a whole different experience. So this part of the movie was pretty awesome.
Another compliment was the editing/storytelling. Instead of showing a scene to its completion, then moving on to the next one, at times we were presented with groups of scenes in which they cut back and forth between multiple scenes and storylines. I didn’t know what to expect when I first noticed this style of editing, but by the end of the movie I was impressed.
The dislikes… But speaking of the ending of the movie… NOT impressed. This is one of my two complaints. Some movies end with a cliffhanger, some with a bad wrap-up. Of course, there are movies that have the perfect ending (like Never Been Kissed, my favorite movie ending of all time). This one though, it just sort of stopped. There didn’t seem to be an ultimate resolution, a big win, nor did it set itself up well for a part 3. There was no cliffhanger and barely any payoff.
That was disappointing. As was the lack of screen time for star, John Krasinski. It was weird in that he was front and center for the first 10 or 15 minutes, then poof he was gone, never to be seen again. I even had to rewind the movie to make sure I didn’t miss something because it quickly went from a neighborhood Little League baseball game to escaping an alien… and John Krasinski was just gone with no explanation.
Perhaps his disappearance will be addressed more thoroughly in part 3, along with a quick reappearance.
But overall this movie was good and worth watching.
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-Out of the Wilderness