Film Review: A Quiet Place

This movie was pretty good. I can honestly say I enjoyed it.

Which is great, because the trailer tries to make it out to be a “horror” movie. Perhaps under the umbrella term of horror it fits, but it didn’t have dismemberment (there is one icky scene but there is tons of foreshadowing and plenty of time for eye covering), chanting children, black eye possession, or things moving eerily to plinky music. So for me, it is not the horror that I can’t watch.

It was very tense and there were a couple “boo” moments, but nothing too rattling. You’re basically following this family trying to survive the sound monsters and they do a great job of getting you invested in their survival.

I had *a lot* of problems with minor details. For example, there are some people who just give birth silently? Like voluntarily? So I feel like it’s a little misleading that they spend so much time on the “OMG imaaagine” of her giving birth. I will say that it makes a lot more sense in context of the grand scene (beyond what is shown in the trailer) but it still made me a little grump face. (SIDENOTE–because many girls in the US have never seen a live birth and only learn about birth from movies and TV and very often¬† retellings of birth trauma via mom, aunty, etc. — when birth is distorted on media for entertainment purposes, it adds to the miseducation that women have to overcome when faced with decisions regarding their reproductive health. Moving on…) Why could they roll dice but not whisper into each others’ ears? Why are they only creating sound proofed rooms now that baby is on the way one year later? Why did sick boy only need one pill? Where did they get the oxygen and baby mask from? If there are so many neighbors why don’t they live as a commune? If there is a roaring waterfall in walking distance why didn’t they begin camping there 3-4 weeks before the due date so mom could labor in relative safety? How did the kids get out of the silo? Really the list could go on lol.

The important thing to take away, though, is if you can manage to suspend your disbelief for all of these wild underlying problems–the movie is quite engaging. Unless you’re really into CGI stuff, this could probs wait for RedBox. And probably should? Not because it’s that bad or anything, but we actually had trouble at our theater because the movie has such large silent parts, you could hear the movies playing in the adjacent theaters–kind of kills the suspense a little. XD

3/5

Film Review: A Quiet Place

Film Review: The Dark Tower *SPOILERS*

https://i2.wp.com/cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/the-dark-tower-matthew-mcconaughey-idris-elba.jpgJust so we’re really clear, there are SPOILERS in this review–for the books and the movie. Normally I try to write un-spoiler reviews, but I wouldn’t have much meat to discuss with this movie if I couldn’t discuss its contents and the books side by side. So for those of you who don’t want it ruined (books or movie), I give the movie 4/5.

This adaptation had very mixed reviews, to the point that I was a little scared to go see it. I love The Dark Tower series and have been really looking forward to this film because THE DARK TOWER *sigh* and IDRIS ELBA *double sigh*…but here are my speculations on why the bad reviews may have been bad:

  • The reviewer is so obsessed with The Dark Tower that they can’t comprehend any adaptation that does not faithfully follow the path of the books.
  • The reviewer knows little about The Dark Tower and is overwhelmed by the somewhat bizarre plot and is missing all of the nuanced details that are jam-packed into this film.

For the rest of you TDT fans who left the movie going “huh?” consider this interpretation as a salve for your fandom wounds: The key to this interpretation (and lack of some very prominent main characters) is that partway through the man in black makes a comment along the lines of “this time around the wheel.” Because this movie is not the time around the wheel described in the book series. This is some version after he steps through the door at the top. And as my husband keeps proudly pointing out, HE HAS THE HORN! XD Now I’ve never been a fan of the (in my opinion bullshit) here we go ’round again ending to the books, but at least here it makes sense.

And on a way less nerdy note! The visual working of this post-apocalypse dying-tech world was great!! Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey played their rolls perfectly. Jake was well cast. At the end of the day, if they weren’t going to make 7-8 movies out of this I think this is the best way they could have put that plot into 1.¬† Why they felt they couldn’t make 8 is weird to me, but that’s a rant for another day I suppose. I will say that the special effects are not so glorious that you have to see them in theatres. If you’re more of a RedBoxer, that will be just fine for this one. : )

 

Film Review: The Dark Tower *SPOILERS*