This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
sambartz’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I really liked this movie, and this is one of the best theater experiences I've enjoyed so far in 2018 ("Ready Player One" was the other notable). As advertised, the sound design is outstanding and very detailed. I liked the score and several of the performances quite a bit, and the cinematography was (in my opinion) super fucking good. The relationship between John Krasinski and his deaf daughter was a little stilted somehow, but I really bought it. There were a handful of nicely delivered thrills, and I hope everyone gets a chance to see this because millions of people already have and love it so go nuts.
That being said --
There were tons a little bits in here that really annoyed me, and I know it sounds trite to actually have a list of grievances, but when you ask audience members to get sucked into your world and then have all these moments that break the illusion, it impacts the quality of your product. So let my documented pettiness commence:
SPOILERS START HERE:
-This movie takes place in America, a land covered in guns. How in the world does Emily Blunt kill one at the end with a single shotgun blast and somehow the entire country was ravaged by these things? Wouldn't every Larry, Dick, and Steve be lighting those mofos up? And even if the creatures were somehow invulnerable to guns and the deaf daughter's corneal implant weakens them, why couldn't that have been visualized?
-Speaking of the creatures, why are these the most unoriginal movie monsters ever created? The designers literally watched Stranger Things and played The Last of Us, then were like, "Yup, that'll work!" Get INSPIRED, yo!
-How did that nail thing even happen? Why the hell is there a nail in the middle of a stair (love unintentional rhymes) anyway? Whenever something of mine gets caught on something, I literally always check to see what the problem was. I don't personally know anyone who would just walk away, especially if it's as hazardous as a nail. So why does Emily Blunt do it?
-I don't understand how grain works. That whole scene is like...?
-What was up with that old man? Did he knowingly scream with innocents around him just to be a dick and get them killed? C'mon, brah.
-John and Emily hide with the newborn in an underground passage covered by a mattress - shockingly, this works. Then it just... doesn't... later on in the movie?
-The baby is almost completely silent EXCEPT for when someone picks him up or otherwise interacts with him. How does that work? It seems like they were holding off a baby's natural movements until it was convenient for the plot.
-Emily Blunt walks into water while a creature that is sound-focused is lurking beneath. I swam extensively while I was a kid and can confirm that the sound of people's legs kicking or moving through water is the loudest thing you can hear beneath the surface. So how the hell does Emily Blunt get away with that?
-The two kids are on top of a silo with a working flashlight. Why don't they just leave it on or wave it back and forth until they're seen, or until dawn breaks?
-In a post-apocalyptic world, why do people walk without shoes on, as if it isn't really dangerous for you if you step on something (like we see in the movie)? Sure, shoes can be noisy, but put a towel or fabric to cover the soles so they aren't as loud. Jeez.
-Emily Blunt is in the bathtub, moves to the shower for some reason, maybe gives birth in the shower, and then when John Krasinski arrives, she slaps her hand on the glass door as if it's not a totally contrived jump scare? Why?
-The deaf daughter's realization of the creatures' weakness to frequencies was a bit confusing - not in its inception, mind you, just the execution. Seemed ham-fisted to me, for some reason.
Some of these were questions I had while I was watching the movie, others are refrigerator questions. They are very distracting in hindsight nonetheless.