Masterful filmic storytelling.
From the opening seconds of this fantastic horror movie, you know you’re in the hands of wonderful filmmakers.
Director John Krasinski (in his debut!), together with Charlotte Bruus Christensen‘s beautiful cinematography, Christopher Tellefsen‘s meticulous editing, and of course the sound design supervised by Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, demonstrates a fluency in the language and power of visual and aural storytelling in crafting a film that is as much a joy to watch as it is, y’know, properly terrifying.
The whole thing is just such smart, small-scale filmmaking. Its sci-fi premise works with the Jaws conceit of creating more horror by not showing the monster. It’s a small cast, and the performances are all wonderful. Every shot, every edit, every sound, is important, deliberate, riveting. Masterful.
Even the smaller moments are constructed with precise, economical blocking:
To promote the film, Amazon Prime Video basically created a supercut showcasing the sound design of A Quiet Place:
Krasinski’s stories about the making of this film are beautiful – and he shares a bunch of them with fellow director Doug Liman for the DGA podcast, The Director’s Cut (which is a font of great director-on-director chats like this):