A Quiet Place Part II
Director: John Krasinski
Writer: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski
Sequel to: A Quiet Place
Cast: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy,Djimon Hounsou, Scoot McNairy, John Krasinski
Seen on: 19.6.2021
Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and the baby are all that is left of the Abbott family. With their home destroyed and a newly-discovered weapon against the creatures, they dare venture out to where they saw a signal fire. But the world is a dangerous place, and the creatures aren’t their only problem.
A Quiet Place Part II manages to keep the quality of the first film, although the first film did have a couple of advantages that made it stand out more than this one. But overall, it’s a really satisfying sequel.
It felt like the first A Quiet Place film came out of nowhere and was a really pleasant surprise in all regards – emotionally, narratively, regarding the world-building and the disability representation. It got the full advantage of no expectations. A Quiet Place Part II definitely doesn’t have that advantage. Given the quality of the first film, expectations for the second part were high indeed.
For the most part, though, Part II manages to fulfill those expectations. The acting is still really good, the monsters look awesome and the action scenes are very well done. But emotionally it didn’t quite hit the same depth as the first one – probably because the focus shifted away from the Abbotts as a family.
There were also a couple of moments or plot developments that seemed more narratively convenient than actually logical (I’m thinking in particular of the scene at the harbor where the motivations of the strangers didn’t make sense to me; but also the question of why a song and not an outright message?). But events are fast-paced enough that you don’t need to get hung up on those details.
So, overall I’d say that it is a more than decent sequel that delivers mostly what you’d hope for after the first and nicely develops the world established there. But the first still worked a little better for me.
Summarizing: very good.