A Quiet Place ★★★★½

Is it me or has Jordan Peele started a revolution? All those in favour of mainstream comedy actors conjuring their own heartfelt horror debuts please stand. 

A Quiet Place is everything the Cloverfield franchise should've been, everything Get Out couldn't have been, and everything you wouldn't expect from a man such as John Krasinski. Directing and starring opposite his real-life wife (the magnetic Emily Blunt), a gorgeously captured family dynamic seeps through the screen with this one. It harkens back to Spielberg's dinner-table naturalism in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the documentary-like realism of a family living together under great threat, desperately trying to make it work. 

Make no mistake, this isn't a static, omniscient perspective of people, A Quiet Place is just about as cinematic as it gets. Intensely intercutting between individual scenes of tension, this is a film which ultimately spirals into non-stop carnage, proving that when things have been quiet for long enough the slightest noise resonates twice as loud. A grainy and desaturated vibrancy is painted over the imagery, a homage to the disquieted, nostalgic presence of what was once the industry's cash cow. With a giant of a studio such as Paramount recently distributing films like this and Darren Aronofsky's more polarised mother!, maybe we can expect a little more appreciation for the meaning of cinema as well as a seventeenth Transformers movie.

In many of the reviews I've read, people speak on how this picture isn't politically relevant like Get Out, which I think couldn't be further from the truth. There's a whole audience out there who're denied the luxury of hearing the emotional inflections in a character's voice, or the orchestral triumph of a great score. To experience a film through sign language must be a rare occurrence of unbroken entertainment for these individuals, and with tasteful execution, Krasinski has made that occurrence possible for many people around the world.