A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place ★★★★½

To label John Krasinski's A Quiet Place as a horror film would do a major disservice to what it truly is.

With it's surprisingly strong amount of focus on character work and development, A Quiet Place works better as a family drama, one that just so happens to unravel during the worst time possible.

Its in these moments that Krasinski's potential truly soars, as he takes no liberties in sidelining the true horror in order to explore the life of a family attempting to survive and live life during a horrific point in time while overcoming obstacles that may can relate to.

The death of a kid haunts the family over the course of the film and remains an impactful moment, while bonds between members grow and break, but through these tough moments they always come to each other's aid.

If the best thing about Ari Aster's haunting Hereditary was the consistently bleak and scarring way it presented family grief and depression, John Krasinski's A Quiet Place is the positive side of that coin, and both films work so profoundly well because both filmmakers are able to recognize that sometimes it isnt the horror or scares that define a memorable genre film, but the characters we must follow.

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