John Krasinski has once again blinded critics.
The writer-director’s sequel to 2018’s “A Quiet Place” currently has a “Fresh” rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 135 reviews.
“A Quiet Place Part II” is the highly anticipated sequel to Krasinski’s horror film that introduced moviegoers to a world where deadly but blind creatures hunt based on sound alone. It is distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Set right after the events of the first film, the sequel follows the Abbott family as they search for a safe new home. But there are more dangers in the world than deadly aliens – namely other survivors.
Critics seem to agree that Krasinski was placed in a difficult position to follow up on the critically acclaimed first episode of “A Quiet Place.” After all, the film had a poetic, albeit devastating, ending.
However, a $340 million worldwide box office on a budget of just $17 million was a tempting draw for Paramount.
Krasinski managed to keep the emotional thread of the Abbott family throughout the sequel, expanding into the universe of ‘A Quiet Place’.
His wife, actress Emily Blunt, returns as Evelyn Abbott, along with deaf teenage actress Millicent Simmonds as Regan Abbott and a young English actor named Noah Jupe as Marcus Abbott.
Here’s what critics thought of “A Quiet Place Part II” ahead of its Friday release in theaters.
Krasinski’s new movie is “an extremely scary and satisfying sequel,” Kristy Puchko writes in her review for Riot Material.
“Honestly, it’s amazing how Krasinski has developed as a filmmaker,” she wrote. He creates sequences that have audiences on the edge of their seats as he tells a story of family and loss that is deeply poignant. It’s no wonder he draws comparisons to the early Spielberg. Because despite all the terrifying and relentless tensions these horror thriller has to offer, the most exciting bits are watching the characters develop.”
For Puchko, “A Quiet Place Part II” expands the world built in the first film, managing to call back its predecessor, but also break new ground.
“With performances that have matured along with its young leads, this fantastic successor does so with captivating confidence,” she wrote.
For Stephanie Zacharek, a writer for Time, Krasinski’s sequel packs a lot more into the story than the first film, perhaps too much more.
“The film is intelligently conceived, well acted and beautifully made,” she wrote. “But as with any sequel, it’s fixated on upping the ante, and thus on a much higher level of stress. It never ends, which can be a lot of fun for some viewers, although its tenacity also makes it exhausting.”
Zacharek praised the company’s sound design, calling the film “complicated and technically accomplished.”
The studio and Krasinski had insisted on holding the film until it could be released in theaters, rather than offering it through a streaming service. The result is an experience similar to that of the first film – a feeling of fear and tension at even the slightest sound on screen or in the cinema.
“I really liked the first ‘Quiet Place’ and I was skeptical that Krasinski could top it, but I’m here to shout loudly that he did,” Chris Hewitt wrote in his review of the film for Star Tribune.
Hewitt also noted that Krasinski used sound, or rather silence, to indicate that the film is shifting into Regan’s perspective. The director shows Regan using her deafness to her advantage as she battles the monsters.
“The movies that studios held onto for over a year, waiting for theatrical releases to make sense, fell into a few categories: movies with the kind of impact that needed jumbo screens. Movies that were destined to be big hits. And those movies that were fantastic. ‘A Quiet Place: Part II’, which plays exclusively in theaters, is all three,” he wrote.
While “A Quiet Place Part II” may feel like “three quarters of a very good movie chopped off from a whole,” Krasinski’s sequel is smart and resourceful, just like the characters, Leah Greenblatt said in her review for Entertainment Weekly.
Once again, Krasinski manages to make relatively simple tasks — caring for a baby, tuning a radio, walking through a train car — harrowing; dialogue is seldom wasted by necessity, and his actors feel much more sympathetically human and real than most charcuterie-puppet horror. chum,” wrote Greenblatt.
Greenblatt noted that the film ends rather abruptly, but the world-building achieved suggests this won’t be a one-off sequel, but the second film in a franchise.
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