A Quiet Place Part II: Movie Review

Coming off the excellent "A Quiet Place", "A Quiet Place Part II" continues what the first film was able to achieve mostly. This is as visceral, as tense-filled as its predecessor and expands the franchise's lore further in more ways than one. But like most sequels, while very close to matching it toe-to-toe, "A Quiet Place Part II" had some key issues that prevent it from outclassing the first film.
Following the events of the first film, the remaining members of the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. As their home is in shambles, they are forced to leave it and venture into the unknown to find a new place for their family. But soon they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond their borders.
One of the hallmarks of the first film was the lack of sound. How it was able to make a film so tense and so scary out without audio or converstations still amazes us to this day. The second film in this regard takes a more action-filled approach. The silence isn't as deafening as before and this sequel felt more conventional in most aspects. While silence still played an important part, it wasn't as integral to the film's structure - which was a little bit of a surprise and a disappointment in our opinion. The film was still scary when it needed to play the part and its a bit of a shame that we coulnd't get the same primal sensation throughout its runtime. As expected, one of the film's strongest asset was acting with Millicent Simmonds a complete revelation this time around. She was the heart and soul of this sequel and we love it. On the narrative aspect, "A Quiet Place Part II" reveals more about its lore but if we're being honest, it isn't as substantial as we wanted it to be. Additionally, the ending was just too abrupt. It could be leading to a third film but the way it was handled was frustrating. Overall, "A Quiet Place Part II" is a very strong sequel. If you raved about its predecessor then there's no reason not to love this one too.  
Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- as tense-filled as the first film
- excellent acting especially from Millicent Simmonds

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- while it reveals more lore to expand its universe, it still didn't reveal anything substantial to really explain anything 
- the film just ends abruptly and on a frustrating cliffhanger
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