A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
May 28, 2021 8:58 AM - Subscribe

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
posted by Pater Aletheias (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Hi, everyone! I haven’t made a FanFare post before, but after a Terrible Year Without Movies, I dragged my fully vaccinated butt to the theater last night for AQP2 and I’m eager to discuss it!

Overall, I thought it worked really well, although it’s not quite as good as the first one. I’m glad they didn’t give in to the temptation to over-explain. I really like it that we don’t know much at all about these monsters or the state of the world overall. This was very much a match, tonally, for the first one. And I really loved that it ended as abruptly as the first one did. We see just enough to know how things are going to go now.

The only things I didn’t like: I thought “he keeps his dead wife’s corpse around” and “oh, a band of post-apocalyptic predatory humans” both veered too much into cliché, and the corpse thing was especially egregious since it didn’t really affect the plot. I think the movie would be better without it. If you need to show that Emmett has come a little unhinged, there are other ways to do it.

Still strongly recommend, overall, and I’m looking forward to a second viewing with my teen daughter as soon as her vaccine is fully effective.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:10 AM on May 28 [3 favorites]


I’m glad they didn’t give in to the temptation to over-explain.

They sure didn't! These things have interstellar travel but not... boats? Also, if white noise can mask human sounds, why not just get a giant speaker and tell Alexa to play rain sounds and go about the rest of your life with no fucks given?

Ah well, I guess it's horror, not sci fi, and it was a really good movie. Nice to see Cillian Murphy not playing a creep, and it was nice to get back into a theater!
posted by ftm at 9:21 AM on May 28 [1 favorite]


After last year, I'm not sure I can consider "roving bands of predatory humans" to be cliche given the reality. If anything, I would expect such bands to actively deny the monsters existence even as it eats them. That said, I started this movie but had to quit when I realized I hadn't seen the first one... I was confusing it with Bird Box, gonna go back and watch the first of this then circle back round.
posted by GoblinHoney at 10:13 AM on May 28 [1 favorite]


actively deny the monsters existence even as it eats them

Walking around, banging pots and pans, loudly shouting; "noise ordinance my ass, you can't take away my freedumb!"
posted by rozcakj at 11:23 AM on May 28 [9 favorites]


saw today. C+. more an action movie than a masterpiece of suspense and silent dread (the first one).

the monsters...seem like wild animals, not anything rational. very 2d. not sure why we had to see the giant flaming sky-thing. it obvs landed miles and miles away, yet the monsters were in town in 5 minutes. it is michael bay produced, i guess. I don't think they 'navigated' to earth. maybe a joe exotic alien critter black market ship crashed by accident and the cargo escaped?

blunt and the kids are terrific. i recognized cillian from 28 Days Later. in fact, performances across the board are very good.

the musical message? i dunno, coded signalling to avoid the bad guys figuring it out? why not morse code? or pig latin?

i do like the feedback gimmick.

not exactly clear why marcus had to sneak out of the hideaway to snoop around Emmet's stuff. especially when he was terrified to be left alone.

in sum...i guess the film did what it meant to do. but it wasn't at all what i hoped it might be.

maybe I'll rewatch sicario tonight, just to see blunt in a vehicle that really lets her shine.
posted by j_curiouser at 6:54 PM on May 31


After last year, I'm not sure I can consider "roving bands of predatory humans" to be cliche given the reality.

If anything, some of these groups will exist solely because so much of our post-apocalyptic fiction is devoted to perpetuating the idea that the formation of murderous raiders is inevitable. Sort of like how in The Postman by David Brin, the breakdown of society was facilitated in the aftermath of global thermonuclear war by a virulent prepper militia ideology devoted to create a neo-feudal barbarian future- believing in it being real made it real.

These things have interstellar travel but not... boats?

Clearly these were non-sentient biological weapons launched by Promethean survivors angry at David's shenanigans. Or the Signs aliens back for a rematch.
posted by Apocryphon at 7:10 PM on May 31 [3 favorites]


Clearly these were non-sentient biological weapons launched by Promethean survivors angry at David's shenanigans.

I'm led to understand that this is a trilogy and the movie is smart in some ways so I hope it's explained in part 3, but my only thought about how this can be sensical is that some actually smart evil aliens sent these things to clear out the Earth so they can come take up residence or grab all the oil or etc.

After the first movie I thought they preyed on humans for food, but after the train car scene it seems they're just big mad?
posted by ftm at 5:57 AM on June 2 [1 favorite]


I just loved the first one. Such a clever premise and the ways it explored gender, flawed family dynamics, our flawed conception of disability and the way the daughter's deafness was the key to survival for the family.

This one...fun monster movie, good performances, my first theater experience post COVID! But there was little of any depth to grab onto. Some very silly plot holes. If there was a subtext I think it was about mass shootings. So many scenes of humans huddling and suppressing sound and movement behind a wall as the menacing creature stalked the halls outside.
posted by latkes at 10:44 AM on June 2 [1 favorite]


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