Some of us insist on the idea that dignity in horror movies is not something easy to achieve; above all, in view of the proposals of the genre that are launched every year, with a only visible minority, no longer deserving. In this matter there are scales, on the other hand; and in the most decent we can place A quiet place 2, the film directed by the actor John Krasinski (2021) as a sequel to his in 2018, which, paradoxically, was a noisy critical, public and collection success.
Which surely did not expect after having released the correct one Short interviews with repulsive men (2009) and the nice The Hollar (2016), which went through the box office and the film press with great pain and not glory. So that this alien franchise has put him on the map as a filmmaker.
You deserve it, in any case. No way because A peaceful place and its continuation with have been revealed as a marvel, neither masterpieces nor a morrocotudo landmark of the seventh art. In all honesty, there would be no need to put them on any best of their year or horror list either. But we must recognize its cleanliness and its honesty narratives, which already place them at a higher height than heaps, hundreds, cartloads of other films of the genre, those adjacent to it and those beyond.
The honest terror of ‘A Quiet Place 2’
There are those in their business who aspire to horrify us with pure bloodthirsty and what they achieve is to displease us, like all the sequels of the shocking Saw (James Wan, 2004), and even make us physically sick, like the strange Bliss (Joe Begos, 2019) for some.
Other horror films are dedicated to trying to scare viewers with sudden appearances and attacks accompanied by rumbles in the soundtrack, which does not have to ruin them if they manage to stay in balance thanks to other contributions, such as Malasaña 32 (Albert Pintó, 2020). Y A quiet place 2 belongs to those terrifying works that grab our poor spectators’ hearts and hold them in a fist with a sustained tension of father and dear sir.
That is to say, by sequences in which a transitory calm is destroyed and which are composed audiovisually, starting from a clever script like John Krasinski’s own but without Bryan Woods and Scott Beck on this occasion, so that what horrifies us is a blatant and relentless threat.
In this way, here No cheating or cardboard and the terror caused by what Evelyn, Regan and Marcus Abbott suffer, who are re-embodied flawlessly by Emily Blunt (Looper), Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck) y Noah Skirt (Le Mans ’66), it is not built with any kind of annoying subterfuge. Absolute transparency in their terrifying exercise is what they offer, even in the haunting notes of the score rewritten by the irregular Marco Beltrami (Logan). An honorable horror, after all and if the cacophony is allowed.
The appreciable but lesser extent of sustained tension
But, in this sense, A quiet place 2 it is ambivalent. On the one hand, the total lack of pretensions and brilliance in the visual apparatus The first part is repeated in the second, even during the effective and forceful prologue that he proposes.
The great virtue of maintaining tension in each corresponding sequence continues in this story, but with a smaller scope than the original film by John Krasinski; despite the solid narrative elements used for this purpose and the montage with parallel scenes that duplicates the sources of danger and, therefore, our impulse to bite our nails. And the reason may be in the absence of Bryan Woods and Scott Beck as screenwriters.
The good thing is that no one is missing and the cast is joined Cillian Murphy (Source), who with a simple look is capable of transmitting what he wants and it is required, and the always blameless Djimon Hounsou (In America). Two little luxuries for the expansive A quiet place 2, an extension in this war of the worlds that we can consider almost at the same level as the previous one.