If it feels like you’ve been waiting a long time for the sequel to “A Quiet Place” — you have.
“A Quiet Place Part II” was set to be one of the biggest releases of 2020 for Paramount Pictures coming off the heels of the original’s 2018 box office success. While COVID-19 pandemic caused the film’s release to be delayed for over a year, it’s finally in theaters.
John Krasinski’s first big-budget film in the director’s chair was a success, but everyone knows the real test for an inexperienced filmmaker is with their sophomore effort. Can “A Quiet Place Part II” top the quality of its predecessor? While the sequel may be a step backward in the horror department, this film takes a huge step forward in terms of character and story.
Fans of the first film will find more to like about its successor. Krasinski has written and directed two of the strongest narrative films about family and the world of horror in his short resume behind the camera. The first film played with the element of our main characters not being able to talk or make noise due to the threat of the killer aliens.
“A Quiet Place Part II” opens up this post-apocalyptic world past the small family on a farm, to give the audiences a broader view of how we got here and what the world has become. New characters are introduced, such as Cillian Murphy as Emmett, an old family friend whose world has been shattered in the wake of the invasion. Murphy is one of the best parts of the film, as his story arc to redemption is the best storytelling element in it.
Character-building is a huge plus in the film, as we experience multiple characters overcoming self-doubt and depression to come to the aid of those close to them. The loss of the Abbott family patriarch is played out by showing how important he was to their family dynamic. The newfound strength the family earns throughout the film comes full circle with a brilliantly written ending.
With a runtime of just 97 minutes, the film doesn’t overstay its welcome or leave you feeling like you were cheated.
“A Quiet Place Part II” is a great lesson in how to effectively use character development and create tension, making it one of the best films of the year. If you were wondering whether the film was worth the one-year wait, Krasinski passes the test with flying colors.