by Patrick Bromley
...hhhhhit this movie is good.
As people who love movies more than, say, the average filmgoer, we tend to invest not just in the movies that we love but in the people who make them. We care about the lives off screen as much as we do about what's on screen. I'm not talking about celebrity gossip and I'm not talking about box office predictions and I'm not talking about the unfortunate trend of geek culture to talk in circles about every aspect of film years before it even gets made. No, what I'm talking about is like what happened with A Quiet Place this weekend, which opened to glowing reviews and a record-setting $50 million gross. I'm happy that it's a hit because it's a really, really good movie and I want really, really good movies to succeed, but more than that I'm happy because we have gotten to see director/star John Krasinski's life change in the span of a few days. It reminds me of just over a year ago when we horror fans got to watch Jordan Peele's life change with the success of Get Out: it was a big win for a talented filmmaker who made a great movie, and it felt like a win for all of us. Knowing just how much Krasinski's life has changed in the last few days makes me as happy as watching his new movie. And I was pretty goddamn happy watching A Quiet Place.
In his third outing as a director, former Office star Krasinski has made what might be an all-timer in the horror genre: an ingenious premise ("Be quiet or monsters come...GO!") and executing it beautifully. What made me so happy watching A Quiet Place was that I was fully aware of every aspect of the filmmaking and how well it was working: the simplicity of the screenplay by Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the sophistication of how it sets up and pays off details or builds out its world, the gorgeous, evocative photography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen, the efficient editing by Christopher Tellefsen, the creative and effective score by Marco Beltrami, the performances by each member of this small ensemble. I could feel myself being expertly manipulated by every single person who worked on the movie and I loved them for it.