- Overall this film is full of some great performances from the entire family the film focuses on. For those who don’t know John Krasinski & Emily Blunt are a couple in real life & their chemistry here is very strong. Actually the entire family’s chemistry is just off the charts. For the entire runtime I was completely wrapped up with this family & part of that comes from these great performances. Much props to John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds & Noah Jupe.
- Krasinski’s direction here is quite strong. His visual story telling is pretty immaculate. As he just shows you instead of telling you, which is always nice to see. He also builds some extreme tension on a superb level. It’s this type of direction that puts more confidence in mainstream horror.
- Maybe the strongest element of this film is the screenplay. One of the strong elements in the screenplay is how it focuses on the people. Yes this is a horror film, but it’s even more a study of the family & their recovery from a loss. That being seen in the main metaphor of the silence representing their loss/grief. As I said earlier this family feels so real from their routines to their recoveries, which I give part of the credit to the screenplay. Much props to Bryan Woods, Scott Beck & John Krasinski.
- As you might expect from a film that doesn’t have a single word of dialogue until about the halfway point, this film relies heavily on it’s sound design & man is the work incredible. If this film should get any Oscar talk it should definitely be in the sound editing & mixing categories.
- Though it doesn’t really bog down the film at all there are a couple of unanswered questions that do get you thinking “How do they do that?”.
- The film also has a couple of unneeded jump scares. This film does so many great things with it’s tension, that sometimes the jump scares come off a little forced.