Shamim Iftekhar’s review published on Letterboxd:
- Do you still love her?
- Of course I do...
- You should tell her.
Another comedy mainstay trying his hands at directing, and another horror movie that already seems like an awards contender for next year. And it'll be worthy of all such accolades, as it is worthy of all the praise lavished upon it. All the talk about John Krasinski the director, the actor, the husband will soon leave your mind once the movie begins. The movie starts, well, silently. Which is very uncommon these days. Usually movies drown out the unruly patrons, they start loud and eager to grab the audiences' attention. This movie didn't bother, the slow confident build up to its first 'horror' moment showed the intent and promise to be much more than just a genre exercise. And the theater soon became silent, the fear of sound had gripped the audience.
And this is truly amazing world building. It's not built upon spectacle or scale, but on tiny details. The adaptation to a life devoid of sound isn't easy, and the effort in captured perfectly. But this is not just about the atmosphere of an post-apocalyptic world. This is also about a family coping not only with a ghastly monster, but also with the guilt and pain of losing a loved one. The alien do make timely visits and those result in truly horrifying sequences that put your pulse through the gears, but the pain and fear hangs over the family all the time. The performances truly sells it. Emily Blunt is the star here, but the child actors pull their weight admirably. Krasinski also impresses as a tormented, weighed down father.
The direction, the sound design, the cinematography are all hugely impressive. But the technical achievements are not what stays with you. The movie takes aim at the heart multiple times, in various ways. It succeeds every time. There were tears and there were cheers. But its the silence, during and after, that shows how powerful this movie is.