The year-long wait is finally over. After delays due to the ongoing pandemic, John Krasinski's anticipated horror follow-up "A Quiet Place: Part II" finally hits screens in time for Memorial Day. The thriller was originally slated to debut last March, but the global crisis led to the film being pulled just days after its red carpet premiere.
With the big screen back, as you settle in to watch the sequel, don't be alarmed if things hit all too close to home. The film's flashbacks were always meant to convey a time of peace before all hell broke loose. But, that's going to hit a whole lot differently now as we emerge from our homes, vaccinated, and pack back into theaters. So, for those looking to find "A Quiet Place: Part II" this extended weekend, here are nine more (spoiler-free) things to know before you watch.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Were Hesitant to Return
When asked to do a sequel to 2018's runaway hit “A Quiet Place,” director and screenwriter John Krasinski was hesitant. He felt the first one was too personal. Where else could the story go? Wife and star of the original Emily Blunt was even more steadfast about "preserving the first one" than he. But this follow-up continues these themes, becoming an even more personal journey for both Krasinski and Blunt, not just as filmmakers and actors, but also as partners and parents.
'Part II' Picks Up Right After 'Part I'
The trailers show the Abbotts hitting the road following the events of the first film. We do get flashbacks to when this otherworldly threat became all too real. But, after learning how to defeat these aliens, it’s up to the remaining Abbott clan to inform the world. They also need to find a new place to survive. Cillian Murphy joins the cast as a family friend who provides shelter and perhaps hope. Also new to the cast is Djimon Hounsou in a role that’s only known as “Man on Island.”
It's All About Sound
It's an ironic statement knowing the premise of the movie, but for this follow-up, Krasinski wants to "terrorize people with sound." Krasinski has studied enough Spielberg and Hitchcock to know that a good horror movie doesn't rely on blood and gore alone to make things scary. Sound is central to the film's suspense and equally central to the film needing to be seen (and heard) in the theater. Even if that's to the chagrin of theater owners who noted a decline in loud, chewy snack sales during the theatrical run of "Part I."
Millicent Simmonds Is the Key to the Story
There hasn't been a better time for people with disabilities to be represented on screen and "A Quiet Place: Part II" continues this trend. Millicent Simmonds, who plays the Abbotts' deaf elder daughter Regan, is deaf in real life. In "Part II" she takes center stage. Following the end of "Part I," Regan figures out how to take down the sound-sensitive threat. In "Part II" she'll have to impart this wisdom to the world -- unless there are others that know this secret. Moreover, it's a very powerful statement to have a blockbuster be led by a person with a disability.
Questions Will Be Answered (Mostly)
The end of the first film left some open-ended questions: What happened beyond the farm? How many survivors are there? What went wrong with the initial military response? How did things fail so quickly? What's with these aliens anyway, and what do they want with us? To answer all of these questions would leave little room for further films, but "Part II" should clue us in a little more about what went down, why, and how it all went wrong.
This Is Not a Cash-Grab
The horror genre is no stranger to sequels that fail to live up to their predecessors. But, if the reviews are anything to go by, this will not be the case. The film's solid 90% Tomatometer reading (at time of reporting), should assure skeptics that Krasinski and team crafted a sequel that expands the world while not losing the heart of what made the original so special.
There's More to the Story
In speaking with the press Blunt hinted that Krasinski has "a whole arc of ideas" for follow-ups. It's also been noted that "Part II" will likely set up a greater story. Plus, there was a report last year that Jeff Nichols has been tapped to write a spin-off. We know "Part II" introduces us to a new group of survivors. Murphy's Emmett is a part of this group, as is Hounsou's mysterious character. Perhaps the sequels will continue their story.
See It in IMAX or Dolby
As we've been writing, "Part II" is a movie that demands a completely immersive experience. Not just visually, but sonically. You're not going to get that at home with a litany of distractions. Visually, there's no better format than IMAX. But for a full sonic experience, Dolby will be your best bet. Of course, even if you're far from an IMAX or Dolby theater...
At Least, See It on the Biggest Screen Possible
It's no secret that 45 days after its theatrical debut, "A Quiet Place: Part II" will drop on Paramount+. For those that want to do the math, its drop date will be the week of July 12th. But, look -- there really is only one way to see this film, and that's in the theater. If IMAX and/or Dolby is not an option, we highly recommend catching this on the next biggest screen possiblea, and with the most immersive sound possible. You're just not gonna get that at home.
May 28, 2021
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.