A Quiet Place Part 2 just snuck into theatres, being one of the first widely theatre-going experiences since the Pandemic. And just like its predecessor, it relied heavily on the audience feeling the need to hold their breath. But which is better? The sequel or the original? Here’s our review of A Quiet Place Part 2.
Don’t make a sound.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this we assume you’ve seen the movie but there are major spoilers coming up. You have been warned.
A loud opening
A Quiet Place opens in silence, with little explanation about why this little family is being careful to muffle themselves. It’s not until the death of the youngest son that the movie begins to get loud. The sequel does the exact opposite, opening with an emphasis on noise. Now that we know what the deal is, that the monsters are coming and that they rely on noise to hunt, director John Krasinski is banking on the suspense that noise can build. Unlike in the first movie, where the suspense was constructed through the unusual silence. The first sequence in the sequel follows our principal family on the first day of the invasion, watching the monsters attack for the first time. And it is brilliant. Viewing what the town once was and the quick and total devastation of it pulled audiences right into the movie. It also immediately showcased the capability of the main family. It is also the only set-piece to feature Krasinski, as he is absent from the rest of the film after his death at the end of the first. While his performance in both films is fantastic, he is felt in his absence throughout this film. Furthermore, allowing Krasinski to sit out in this film and purely direct allowed for some more interesting directing choices.
Terror vs Plot?
One criticism from the first film is that it seemed to rely on suspense and jump scares. The plot was mainly in that Evelyn (Emily Blunt) was giving birth, which caused some complications to say the least. But the most suspenseful moments of A Quiet Place featured Blunt hurting herself or giving birth. It might also be the children being in danger. While the core of the film was the relationship between the daughter, Regen (Millicent Simmonds) and Lee (John Krasinski), it seemed to focus more on whatever would make the audience either cringe or jump. Furthermore, the characters seemed to make dumb decisions. Like why wouldn’t they build their shelter next to the waterfall, which provided noise cover? Or why get Emily Blunt pregnant in the first place?
But, the second film had a much more streamlined plot. When the monsters were there, it made sense for them to be there in terms of the story. Not just to scare the audience. Characters made clearer decisions, and the set pieces served the plot. It felt more like a story, and less like a haunted house.
A slice of life or a journey into the unknown?
Speaking of plot, the second film focused less on the family and more on Simmonds and new character Emmet (Cillian Murphy). After learning that her hearing aid produces a sound that incapacitates the monsters, Simmonds and Murphy go looking for a possible camp with the capability of longwave broadcasting. Regan hopes to broadcast the sound to give everyone in the area the ability to kill the monsters. Along the way, they encounter feral people and monsters. Meanwhile, Evelyn and her son, Marcus (Noah Jupe) deal with Marcus’ injury after stepping on a bear trap and the newborn baby. Regan and Emmet find a thriving, loud society, and learn that the monsters can’t swim. Safe on the island, they fight a stray monster and broadcast the sound. Just like the first one, it ends on a cliffhanger, but we can assume that the family moves to the island and lives peacefully. This plot was easy to follow and built out the world. It also gave some closure at the end that the first movie did not.
One thing that both films have in common is that they are fun to watch. A perfect popcorn movie (or anti-popcorn movie, as you definitely don’t want to make a sound during this film). It’s also meant to be seen in a theatre, and the decision from Krasinski to wait until theatres opened to release the movie was absolutely the right decision. A Quiet Place Part II is a fun thrill movie and is worth a trip to the theatre.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10
What did you think of A Quiet Place Part 2, did you agree with our review? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our review of Disney’s Cruella HERE.
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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out the five things you missed in Bridgeton Season One HERE.
Read iMDB information on The House of Gucci HERE.
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