Saw the movie “A Quiet Place” which is currently at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I can see why.
The film is one of the most clever thrillers and original story-lines I’ve seen in years, and it’s well crafted and laid out. No spoilers, but a sudden ending is my only minor issue with an otherwise flawless film. Not even the teenagers sitting next to us, who clearly took “420 blaze it” seriously before coming to the theater, could ruin my enjoyment of it.
The movie is more thriller than horror by today’s standards, because it lacks the over-the-top profanity, sexuality, and gore that substitutes for a good scare in much of our modern horror movies. It’s more of an old-school Hitchcock thriller or Vincent Price creature feature than today’s torture porn pretending to be horror. Minus such objectionable content, it’s suitable for older children. Younger children might be too scared by its intensity.
The film’s hero is also the traditional family and gender roles. Both mom and dad, played by actors who are married in real life, play their parts splendidly and heroically. Masculine and feminine complement each other perfectly, and it’s made clear their children need them both.