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
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Check out our review of Disney’s Cruella HERE.
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Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters
Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?
Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw
While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.
Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor
Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff
Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw
Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.
Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.
Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor
Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.
Dr Strange- Ravenclaw
Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff
Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.
Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin
This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.
T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff
T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor
At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.
Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.
Check out our review of Black Widow HERE.
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