Friday, 11 June 2021

A Quiet Place II

 


Finally , an evening trip to the cinema ! 
I met up with friend Colin for supper PRE CINEMA ! which was a real treat in itself and we sat in a restaurant outside, on a picturesque Chester street, eating pizza as if on holiday .
The film, too was a treat as unlike most sequels it holds its own against film no 1 which monopolised the silent linch pin horror genre.
Director, hunk of spunk  and star of film number one John Kraninski stars in a short, action based catch up sequence which sets up the film in true crank-it-up-a-notch style as the audience gets to see just how the Abbott family first comes to grips with the aliens who only hunt by sound.
The narrative then switches to a more industrial backdrop as mom ( Emily Blunt ) siblings Marcus and Reagan ( Millicent Simmonds & Noah Jupe) and the baby in the suitcase try to illicit the help of a shocked survivor Emmett ( Cillian Murphy) to help them find safety.
Wisely Kraninski gives the film several directorial twists to stop reinventing the wheel. 
He cranks up the tension in several narrative branches at once, flitting from one to the other with confidence without ever losing out on the pressure and intensity of the story.
He also shys away from letting his wife dominate the action as a sort of Ripley in Aliens character , enabling  the two elder children to take the lead as unlikely heroes of this dangerous new world.
Millicent Simmonds, as the deaf, serious faced, slightly lumpy but bright as a button daughter shines in this  movie and will I am sure provide all teenagers watching, regardless of gender,  with a new age role model .

If you want to sit through a well crafted , thriller with heart and intelligence  you can’t go far wrong with A Quiet Place II 
It’s great fun


27 comments:

  1. I've heard it's very good, more of an intense thriller rather then horror.

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    1. It’s a bit of both Dave, with a great cast

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  2. How can you forget that the hunk of spunk is called John Krasinski?

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  3. Barbara Anne1:27 am

    Sound like it's not my cup of tea, but am glad it's worthy for you and others who like intense thrillers or horror.

    Hugs!

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  4. Please....the first one wreaked hell with my nerves. I loved it!!! What a brilliant premise for a film.

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  5. Was hoping against hope that you'd be disappointed, thereby giving me a good reason NOT to go. Oh well. Got to leave it on the back burner then.

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    1. Get yer arse down to the picture house Raymondo

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  6. Saw the trailer for it when I went to see Nomadland - looked much too scary for me! and I thought - aha - just JG's cup of tea

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  7. Not my cup of tea, but I'm so pleased you got to see it, post pizza, with a friend. Normality is returning. Don't have nightmares! xx

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  8. One thing you can say for Covid, it's really made us appreciate an 'ordinary' night out with a friend as the special thing it really is. I took 2 friends in my car yesterday, we had a lovely country walk and then went to cafe for coffee and cake...it was a great afternoon! But back home to battle the ants in my kitchen...it feels like War of the Worlds...

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    1. Yes,we now no longer takethingsforgranted

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  9. It is good to see your filmm reviews back John - I raarely go to the cinema (Dunkirk was the last one I saw) so this saves me going.

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  10. I loved the first one so am glad that the second one is as good. I will watch out for it when it comes round. Glad you had a good time.

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  11. Sorry about the double letters in a couple of places - am shaky this morning.

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    1. I hope it's just the hot weather-it doesn't suit me but I am drinking more water x

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    2. Hope u are okay Pat

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  12. I agree with your review, it was unexpected and I too liked that it was the kids that shone. It did make me jump a couple of times soon.

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  13. I can't go to the cinema as I will want to fidgit and go to the powder room too frequently x

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  14. I'm glad you liked the film - I loved it although a bag of nerves throughout! Agree about the kids - they really stood out.

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  15. Thanks for the recommendation! My husband and I went on an impromptu movie date last night and I picked this after reading your review. We loved the first one, and this second one is just as good. Really loved it. I agree, Millicent Simmonds was fantastic! Plus, I love to see representation with a deaf actress playing a deaf character.

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    1. She’s a lovely character and such a role model

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  16. It sounds great, we really enjoyed the first one, so I would love to see this ... even if I would be a jittery wreck like last time.

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