Monday, April 9, 2018

Really Hearing in a Quiet Place.

So, in ’09, we saw Orphan in the theater, and immediately fell in love with Aryana Engineer, who played the youngest daughter, Max, who happened to be deaf.  After the movie, we looked it up to find out she’s really deaf.  Needless to say, she made an impression on us. 

Last night, we saw A Quiet Place out of curiosity from the trailers.  When they started signing, we were interested.  Then, when the oldest child, played by Millicent Simmonds brought out a cochlear implant, we were hooked.  After the movie, we looked her up to find out she’s really deaf like ‘09’s Orphan’s Aryana Engineer, who played little Max.

A Quiet Place’s a slow burn Suspense/Horror film, so it’s not gonna be for everybody, but give it a chance, you might find it intriguing.  Set two years from now, a couple (real life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski) with their three kids live in a world of silence lest they get hunted by sound-sensitive creatures.

Claustrophobia’s on the menu although the family lives in the middle of nowhere.  The film’s so void of sound that any sound from the audience’s jump-inducing.  Of course, being human, accidents will happen, and do they ever…with gory results.

Now, the selling point ISN’T the plot.  It’s young actress, Millicent Simmonds.  Kransinski, who wrote, produced, and directed the film, hand-picked her, because she IS deaf, and she’d help him learn the lifestyle onset.  She literally eats up every scene she’s in while trying not to be eaten by the stalking creatures.

The plot’s interesting with the scenarios set like when Blunt’s supposed to give silent birth or living with a newborn, both impossible things, but the family, working together, make it happen the best they can, but not without some harrowing moments.  It’s absolute craziness with a payoff we hadn’t seen before that just made the movie even more of the shit.

If you don’t mind a slow burn and reading subtitled sign language, which we thought was fascinating in and of itself, A Quiet Place’s worth your dime.

Be good to each other.


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