A Quiet Place Part II

A Quiet Place Part II

2021, PG-13, 97 min. Directed by John Krasinski. Starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, John Krasinski.

REVIEWED By Matthew Monagle, Fri., May 28, 2021

In 2020, Paramount’s decision to postpone the release of A Quiet Place Part II was one of the biggest signs that the COVID-19 pandemic was here to stay. So perhaps it is fitting that John Krasinski’s much-anticipated sequel is one of the first films to hit theatres as part of the grand reopening. With vaccinated audiences ready to get back to normal, Krasinski and company are gambling that their film is the right one to lead the way. And spoiler alert? They’re mostly right.

Picking up right after the events of A Quiet Place, Krasinski’s sequel captures the surviving members of Abbott family (Blunt as mother Evelyn, Simmonds as daughter Regan, Jupe as surviving son Marcus, and the newborn baby) on the run from the mysterious, deadly creatures that have scoured the Earth. Armed with Regan’s disruptive hearing aid (seemingly the only weapon against the creatures), they flee their rural valley haven only to encounter former neighbor Emmett (Murphy). Emmett argues self-preservation, warning the Abbotts that the last survivors have become twisted and dark things to survive this new world. But Regan sees an opportunity to provide help, and she convinces a reluctant Murphy to seek out the nearest radio station and bring her life-saving signal to the world around them.

As the director and star of A Quiet Place, Krasinski demonstrated an innate understanding of how his character’s relationship with Regan is informed by her deafness. Lee only wanted the best for his daughter, but he also failed to see her as anything other than a liability. In doing so, Lee held his family back and doomed himself to death. Now, with the script in his hands, Krasinski has created Lee’s shadow self in Emmett, the family friend who takes Regan under his wing. Emmett may be harsh and uncaring, but he does what Lee could never bring himself to do: trust Regan to fend for herself.

This pairing between Emmett and Regan gives Krasinski the foundation he needs to focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking. The true talent of A Quiet Place Part II belongs to editor Michael P. Shawver, who manages to turn two relatively straightforward storylines into competing narratives tied to a singular outcome. With Krasinski’s knack for mass-market horror – he walks a deceptively difficult line between genre and multiplex atmosphere – and Shawver’s gift for creating a rising tide of tension throughout the film, the sequel manages to be more entertaining than its predecessor without losing too much of its character work along the way.

And it needs all the help it can get, because A Quiet Place Part II is more an expansion on the themes of the original than an outright sequel. The film is anchored – almost entrenched – in the narrative of the first. Despite an opening flashback sequence that shows off the film’s technical chops, the sequel is more interested in tinkering with the idea of the first film than pushing the boundaries of the world or the story. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it will come as a surprise to those who expected the sequel to offer either a lot less or a whole bunch more.

Perhaps this approach makes A Quiet Place II the cinematic answer to downloadable content, a standalone adventure that offers new levels but no new narrative. Those who responded to the tight family focus of the first film will no doubt struggle with the divided storylines; Regan’s absence proves how shallow some of the other characterizations truly are. But there are worse fates for a filmmaker than a B-movie executed with blockbuster panache, especially when audiences are ready to forgive any number of flaws in favor of a return to the theatrical experience.

Showtimes

Mon., June 21

4:05, 6:15, 7:00

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., June 21

4:30, 7:20

Mon., June 21

5:05, 7:50

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Mon., June 21

CC/DVS 6:10, 7:20

Tue., June 22

CC/DVS 6:10, 7:20

Wed., June 23

CC/DVS 7:20

Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills

9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., June 21

CC/DVS 1:40, 4:40, 7:40

Tue., June 22

CC/DVS 1:40, 4:40, 7:40

Wed., June 23

CC/DVS 1:40

Thu., June 24

CC/DVS 1:40, 4:40, 7:40

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., June 21

CC/DVS 1:10, 2:10, 3:40, 4:40, 6:10, 7:10, 8:45

Tue., June 22

CC/DVS 1:10, 2:10, 3:40, 4:40, 6:10, 7:10, 8:45

Wed., June 23

CC/DVS 1:10, 2:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:45

Thu., June 24

CC/DVS 1:10, 2:20, 3:40, 5:00, 6:15, 10:15

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., June 21

digital 2:20, 3:40, 5:00, 6:20, 7:40, 9:05, 10:10

Tue., June 22

digital 2:20, 3:40, 5:00, 6:20, 7:40, 9:05, 10:10

Wed., June 23

digital 10:20am, 11:35am, 2:20, 3:40, 6:20, 9:05, 10:00

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., June 21

digital 12:50, 2:20, 3:40, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20, 8:40

Tue., June 22

digital 12:50, 2:20, 3:40, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20, 8:40

Wed., June 23

digital 12:50, 2:20, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

Mon., June 21

digital 4:15, 5:45, 7:00

Tue., June 22

digital 4:15, 5:45, 7:05

Wed., June 23

digital 5:45

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., June 21

digital 1:30, 2:30, 3:35, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:35

Tue., June 22

digital 1:30, 2:30, 3:35, 5:30, 6:30, 8:35

Wed., June 23

digital 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30, 8:35

Thu., June 24

digital 1:30, 2:30, 3:35, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., June 21

digital 1:30, 2:10, 2:50, 4:10, 5:00, 5:30, 6:05, 6:50, 7:40, 8:10

Tue., June 22

digital 1:30, 2:10, 2:50, 4:10, 5:00, 5:30, 6:05, 7:40, 8:10

Wed., June 23

digital 1:30, 2:10, 2:50, 4:10, 5:30, 6:05, 8:10

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Mon., June 21

digital 4:00, 4:50, 5:45, 6:30, 7:30

Tue., June 22

digital 4:15, 4:50, 5:45, 7:30

Wed., June 23

digital 4:50, 5:45, 7:30

Wed., June 23

2:50, 5:00, 7:10

Thu., June 24

2:50, 5:00, 7:10

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Mon., June 21

1:40, 4:35, 7:25

Tue., June 22

1:40, 4:35, 7:25

Wed., June 23

1:40, 4:35, 7:25

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/drippingsprings

Mon., June 21

12:15, 2:45, 5:30, 6:00, 8:15

Tue., June 22

12:15, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15

Wed., June 23

12:15, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15

Thu., June 24

12:15, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Mon., June 21

9:45am, 11:00am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:35, 4:00, 5:00, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30

Tue., June 22

9:45am, 11:00am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:35, 4:00, 5:00, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30

Wed., June 23

7:30

Thu., June 24

11:00am, 12:15, 1:25, 2:35, 3:55, 5:00, 6:30

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Mon., June 21

12:30, 3:10, 6:15

Tue., June 22

12:30, 3:10, 6:15

Wed., June 23

12:30, 3:10, 6:15

Thu., June 24

1:40, 4:45, 7:50

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Mon., June 21

5:00, 7:25
CC 12:20, 2:50

Tue., June 22

CC 12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 8:00

Wed., June 23

CC 12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 8:00

Thu., June 24

CC 1:00, 3:45

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., June 21

CC 1:20, 2:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:20, 7:50, 9:50
CC/DVS 1:20, 2:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:20, 7:50, 9:50

Tue., June 22

CC 1:20, 2:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:20, 7:50, 9:50
CC/DVS 1:20, 2:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:20, 7:50, 9:50

Wed., June 23

CC 1:20, 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50
CC/DVS 1:20, 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50

Thu., June 24

CC 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50
CC/DVS 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Mon., June 21

12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55

Tue., June 22

12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55

Wed., June 23

11:55am, 2:15, 7:30, 9:55

Thu., June 24

12:10, 2:45, 5:10

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., June 21

CC/DVS 7:10

Tue., June 22

CC/DVS 7:10

Wed., June 23

CC/DVS 7:10

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Mon., June 21

2:00, 5:15, 8:00

Tue., June 22

2:00, 5:15, 8:00

Wed., June 23

2:00, 5:15, 8:00

Thu., June 24

2:00, 5:15, 8:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Mon., June 21

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00

Tue., June 22

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00

Wed., June 23

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00

Thu., June 24

1:30, 4:30, 7:30

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Mon., June 21

11:20am, 1:50, 5:10, 7:40

Tue., June 22

11:20am, 1:50, 5:10, 7:40

Wed., June 23

1:50, 7:40

Thu., June 24

11:20am, 1:50, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20

Mon., June 21

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., June 22

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Wed., June 23

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Thu., June 24

12:00, 2:30, 10:00

Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second, 512/495-9600, www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

Mon., June 21

2:15, 7:00, 10:00

Tue., June 22

2:15, 7:00, 10:00

Wed., June 23

2:15, 10:00

Thu., June 24

2:15, 10:15

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