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I swear, John Krasinski is the only director who could make me shed tears during a horror/suspense film. Both of these films struck my heart in one way or another, and it's very difficult to even come close to comparing the two because, even though the sequel continues the story of the first film, Part II almost feels like a completely different story rather than a continuation of the same story.
A Quiet Place Part II follows Evelyn and her three children as they leave their farm in hopes of finding safe shelter elsewhere. After a horrific accident, Emmett, an old friend of Evelyn's, takes them in and gives them shelter for the night. The family's plan to leave the next day, however, is thrown out the window when the eldest daughter, Regan, decides to head out on her own in order to find a nearby radio tower. Regan's convinced there's safe harbor there and she'll stop at nothing to prove there's still hope.
Top marks to Millicent Simmonds who absolutely outperformed and outshined everyone in the film. Her role has become more central to the plot this time around and the film is all the better for it. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski had the spotlight in the first film so having the kids step up this time around is a bold and smart move. Even prolific actor Cillian Murphy felt like a supporting character next to Millicent. That is true talent.
One thing that John Krasinski does well is emotion. The Quiet Place films are no exception. This film had two moments in particular that had me shedding tears. While these moments may not be as moving to some people, they were certainly moving to me. Great work, Mr. Krasinski. Can't wait for your next project, whatever it may be. If A Quiet Place Part III happens, I'll be there opening day.
In conclusion, this is one of those times when the sequel is just as good as, maybe even better than, the first film. Fantastic acting, writing, directing, camera work, cinematography...everything was perfect. I give the film 4 out of 4.
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