One of the best films of 2018 and one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
A Quiet Place (2018): 9 out of 10: You know what the best films to review are? Terrible movies that are not just incompetent but fundamentally flawed. Bad movies are where the humor lives. This is where the passion comes out. Read Roger Ebert’s review of The Life of David Gale. He doesn’t dislike the movie. He actively hates it. There is a reason he released a book called Roger Ebert’s I Hated Hated Hated This Movie, and it was such a runaway hit he published the second book of reviews of terrible movies called Your Movie Sucks.
Read the brilliant New York Times review of Guy Fieri’s Times Square eatery, American Kitchen and Bar. It is an excellent collection of questions to no one painting the establishment as Dante’s Inferno and every course a new journey down an additional rung of Hell. Pretty creative for a critique of an establishment that sported both Chicken Fingers as well as Donkey Sauce.
YouTube creators will often tell of how their most popular videos are those that tear down a work of art or criticize a favorite thing. The same number of viewers rarely see videos that praise work.
A Quiet Place is thematically very similar to Bird Box, and it is such a better movie. It didn’t seem to grab the imagination like Bird Box did. There is no A Quiet Place challenge. It didn’t have that watercooler moment.
A Quiet Place did place in the top twenty box office for 2018 with a considerably smaller budget than anyone else on that list, sometimes by a factor of 10 or more. It is a minimalist piece with six actors in the entire film, two of which are husband and wife (John Krasinski and Emily Blunt), and one of whom directed (John Krasinski). The whole affair was filmed at a farm in upstate New York. It is the classic low budget horror film.
A Quiet Place is also basically perfect. It has one of the greatest collection of tension scares I have ever seen in a film. A Quiet Place is not one of those cat jumps out of the closet affairs. A Quiet Place will keep you on the edge of your seat for ages.
A Quiet Place is one of the best films of 2018 and one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and that is why it is so hard to write a review about it.