Thursday, 12 April 2018

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of "A Quiet Place"

I’ve heard a lot of hype about this flick as I’m sure you have too, which is always a worry for me, especially when it comes to the horror genre. They may have fooled me once already with Get Out (clearly mileage varies pretty bloody wildly on that one), but old Aaron is hard to fool twice, so I went into the cinema not with a bag of hidden snacks, but with a bucket of scepticism…

That’s writing!

A Quiet Place, not to be confused with the song by "In Flames" or the name of an ill-advised Josef Fritzl biography, is a film about a family that has to live in complete and utter silence because there be long-legged beasties about that hunt using sound. Believe you me, these bad boys don’t fuck about when it comes to the snack-a-lackin’.

One of the most important aspects of this film, of course, is its soundtrack, and may I say that the sound editing team really pulled out all the stops on this one, giving the whole viewing (or listening, should I say) experience an extra helping of uneasity (that’s right, you think we’re afraid to make up words? Think again, son, check your privilege!) and the actors do a great job of treading on eggshells the whole way through whilst still conveying urgency.

Don’t get me wrong, this film is far from perfect, throwing a finite number of clich├ęs in there that you could set your watch to, but with all that is coming out nowadays (particularly among genre films), I definitely think A Quiet Place brings a new breath of fresh air and sort of just wafts it about the place a bit, hoping that others of its kind may pick up the scent and yell “Oh damn this baby is kickin’!” or something along those lines.

On top of this, I found it a smidgeon of a slow-burner to begin with. In fairness this really wasn’t anybody’s fault. Ultimately, the theme of the film makes character building/introductions quite difficult given that they’re in total fucking silence and whatnot, but all was forgiven as soon as it picked up.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Verdict: Definitely a strong swimmer all-round and what I’m hoping will make a great metaphorical poppadom leading us up to our summer movies to tie us over. Let’s just hope that this isn’t the best of the bunch so early on in the year. Then again, if it is, I do think it’s well deserved. – 7.5/10


Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!





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