Lunchbox_films🎞’s review published on Letterboxd:
A perfect sequel, and I expected nothing less. I adore both films so much, they’re quite comforting and an emotional roller coaster. The fact that it’s one of the only horror movies where I actually care about the characters is very special, and makes it ten times more frightening because I fear for their safety and can’t bear to lose any of them. The suspenseful scenes are so long and intense that I almost passed out from holding my breath too long, I love that but my anxiety was going crazy. The jumpscares are well done and effective. Can I also point out that this film felt 20 minutes long, I’m serious, it finished before it even started, and that’s a good thing.
The acting’s superb, the range of emotions these actors hold is incredible. Unbelievable how wonderful Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are, they literally casted the most talented young actors out there. Emily Blunt’s phenomenal, as always, I love her so much. And John Krasinski owned those first ten minutes. Saving my fav for last, Cillian Murphy never fails, I was kind of bummed out when I heard they were introducing a new character, but when I found out it was Cillian I was all in for it, I’m in love with the man, what can I say, and not only that, he’s clearly a terrific actor.
That ending’s so unfair, there’s obviously gonna be a third one and don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be happier, but the wait’s gonna kill me.
I remember John saying once in an interview “I’m not making a scary movie, I’m just gonna make a movie about a family and if their circumstances scare you, then I’ve done my job”, and he absolutely did.