claira curtis’s review published on Letterboxd:
Genuinely feel utterly spent emotionally after stepping out of the theater. I had forgotten how deeply in love I became with the world of A Quiet Place until the opening sequences began. The level of world building feels simultaneously glaringly attention grabbing yet intricate in its finest details. Honestly, just about everything I could have hoped for or wanted from a sequel.
The emotional beats are similar to the last, although there is a definite and clear passing of the torch from the original. Where the first really rooted itself in giving our key family’s parents the room to show the most range and strength, here in the sequel, we instead see that heavier emotional depth placed on Regan and Marcus. Don’t get me wrong though, Emily Blunt gets plenty of time to showcase her greatest strengths as well. The entire cast was just exceptional, clearly giving their all to roles that never stray far from expressing the greatest depths of terror and anguish.
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Where the film really lets me down, however, is in its portrayal of people of color. Or maybe better put, its lack of portraying people of color. The lack of diversity in the original was easy to look at as “understandable”, given the need for the family to remain isolated. But in a sequel, where that family is forced to venture into the world at large, one would expect a heavier presence of diversity. Instead, the few people of color we see are hardly on screen and quite literally always killed off. It’s honestly disappointing to see Djimon Hounsou be shown predominately in trailers and described as joining the cast and yet his character never even has a name. Not only that, his character alludes to greater importance, especially with the confirmation of a third installment, and yet he is ultimately killed all the same, barely after he even arrives on screen.
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While important to address my concerns in its diversity, I hope that the third installment will also address these concerns and show some greater representation and depth to the people of color portrayed in the film.
Only time will tell with that one, but in the meantime, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire runtime of the film. John Krasinski knows, if nothing else, how to do tension extremely well. Especially when it comes to pushing the boundaries of what his audience expects.
Saw it in the best possible setting: in IMAX with my sister.