A Quiet Place Part II
A Quiet Place Part II (2021) movie review
Following the events of the first film released in 2018, Part II of A Quiet Place follows the Abbott family as they leave their home, only to discover that the creatures are not the only threat out in the world… John Krasinski returns to direct after helming the first film, which was a surprise success with critics and audiences. Part II landed this weekend with a whopping $48 million weekend and a strong reception from critics and audiences so far.
I mean yeah, as far as sequels go, Quiet Place Part II is not only almost as good as the first, but it’s probably as good as it can be! (Not to mention another entry in my “We don’t need Last of Us movies” argument that came into existence this weekend. Haven’t seen the first one? Well why not? It’s awesome! Watch that and watch this. Didn’t like the first one? Okay fine, go see Disney churn out another lazy origin story.
First things first, there isn’t much as far as a step-down in quality goes. The film still looks great, the sound mixing is still incredible, and all the performances are top-notch yet again. Oddly enough, I think Millicent Simmonds is given the job of carrying this film as arguably the most focal character. And yeah, she does a wonderful job! Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe are also both great, and Cillian Murphy is a great edition to the cast, offering the most layered performance from the group.
If there was a downside, I would say that the film does play with the character dynamics more than the first one did. While this does give the worldbuilding a little more time to flex, the drama doesn’t hit as hard as the first film did. That said, the tension swoops in and more than makes up for it. Part II cranks the cross-cutting up to an 11 for some brilliant suspense that makes you hold your breath as if you were part of the film itself.
The odd element here is the thematic focus, which is both very compelling and a little confusing. Part II does take a little more time to focus on the human element of this apocalypse, and while that sounds very Last of Us: Part II (2020), it maybe gives 20% more focus toward that idea. The rest is still concerned with aliens. So it’s a little odd if you go in to it expecting it to be that zombie story that is more about the bad people out there. That said, for what focus there was on that idea, it is certainly interesting! The film doesn’t do a bad job at all, it’s just not the focus you would expect.
That said, the best focus the film offers is the character growth. I don’t want to spoil the first film, but I can say that some of the characters have a bit more responsibility given to them in this one. Rising to that occasion in a situation like this is no easy feat, and I just adored the way the film shows that growth! That said, while there is a payoff to this complaint I’m about to make, there is just one stupid decision that felt out of place for the character. The film wouldn’t be the same without it, but it could have been subtler I think.
So like I said, it’s defiantly not as good as the first one. But it’s close! The first film was just such a surprise hit that it’s hard to follow with those expectations. But I think Part II really delivers on continuing the story of the Abbotts. It doesn’t get out of control and blow the world building up to an 11, but instead offers another small-scale, quiet film about a family’s struggle to survive together. And in that respect, this is an awesome entry into this series! 8/10.
So A Quiet Place Part II? Did you see it? And do you think it needs a comma or something in that title? Me too. But also let us know your thoughts in the comments below! And if you want to read more reviews like this one (including our upcoming review of that Disney origin story we hinted at), let us know in the comments what we should talk about next!
-review by Ryan Prince