Note: There will be no spoilers because I respect you, yes you who haven’t watched it. Hence this is a quiet review. Lol
I’ve been waiting for this film to come out here in the Philippines for quite some time, so when I knew it was out in cinemas I just had to see it as soon as possible.
I had ideas about the movie because I’ve been watching interviews of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt promoting it, along with the movie trailer. The thing is I didn’t know what was about to go down. I pretty much thought I was prepared because I knew “something” about it but, hell no.
The movie is co-written and directed by John Krasinski and read the first stages of the script weeks after his wife in real life, Emily Blunt (yes!), gave birth to their second child. And because of that, despite the fact that this is a horror film, Krasinski’s sole focus on the movie was about family. He wanted to portray as to how far the parents would go in order to protect their children and have them live a normal life amidst their situation.
I love the set and design for this movie and how they focused on “every” detail to adapt to the idea that they are living in a world that needs to be as quiet as possible. A lot of things you wouldn’t have thought of until you see it in the movie, how they carefully orchestrated a quiet world in peril with a loving family thriving to live day in and out.
The movie was shot on film which allowed them to play with the light and dark aspects and intensify the suspense in each scene. Since dialogue has been very minimal, creating phase and tension was very important as per Krasinki and it was all kudos to Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, who played their daughter and son in the film. I can’t help but comment as I was watching it on how wonderful both the young actors were in expressing emotions in the film. The casting team did a really good on getting both these kids.
I found out later on that Millicent Simmonds is also deaf in real life and it helped Krasinski play other aspects in the movie by incorporating her world and her perspective knowing that she is not able to hear anything. I’ve got to give it to Krasinski for thinking this through because it made a huge upshot on hyping the audience’s anticipation on what was about to happen next.
I was legit at the edge of my seat. I was stressed and I kept holding my breath and covering my mouth as if I’d die any moment If I make a sound, too. At one point, I even asked myself why I wanted to watch it because I was so stressed at the scenes hahaha!
The audience applauded after credits, and you know by then it was a really good film.
Director: John Krasinski
Writer/s: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski (screenplay), Bryan Woods, Scott Beck (story)
Producer/s: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller