GRAPHIC BY YING YANG
By EMMA CHANG
2018 might finally be the year that directors provide equal representation in the cinematic industry.
A Quiet Place takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth and follows the Abbott family’s struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy in their lives whilst living in a constant fear of aurally hunting monsters.
In spite of its seemingly traditional paranormal plot, A Quiet Place is anything but. The motion picture offers a new take on your typical run-of-the-mill thriller with its integration of American Sign Language (ASL), casting of a real-life deaf protagonist, incorporation of various sound effects and unorthodox method of communication.
Not only has Krasinski’s first creation redefined modern film, A Quiet Place has also shed a light on the deaf community by advocating for the casting of the hearing impaired in modern day motion pictures.
To begin, A Quiet Place assumes a pretense early on in the film, similar to its namesake. Viewers quickly realize that the family has adopted ASL as their main form of communication in hopes to disguise themselves from monsters that have plagued Earth.
Played by deaf American Millicent Simmonds, the family’s daughter Regan wears a hearing aid, one of the main components of A Quiet Place’s unique plot.
Although this was a seemingly insignificant detail, it was through this aspect that A Quiet Place was able to become so notably successful.
Unlike many modern horror films, A Quiet Place illustrates Simmon’s disability as an advantage in their unfortunate predicament because it allows them a method of communication without orally speaking.
Off screen, both Krasinski and Simmonds have supported the film’s efforts in raising awareness for the deaf community and offering deaf individuals somewhere to identify themselves with.
Though advocating for deaf individuals’ involvement and abilities may not have been Krasinski’s original intent with A Quiet Place, the film’s social impact has been just as great. Now, both figures hope that through the making of this film, other hearing impaired individuals will no longer view their disability as a obstacle in their lives.
In addition, A Quiet Place also encompasses a constant feeling of fright that leaves audiences on the edges of their seats.
During the filming process, Krasinski strived to illustrate a pretense of genuine terror and suspense, unlike many modern day satires of horror films.
Rather than opting to rely on computer-generated imagery and jump scares, Krasinski incorporated real special effects and truly suspenseful thematic elements into his film, creating the ultimate nerve-wracking motion picture.
However, a good scare is not the only thing A Quiet Place exceeds.
Above all else, the motion picture stresses the importance of family and perseverance. Amongst a series of well depicted suspenseful scares and herroring scenes, viewers can also observe a large emphasis on the idea of the lengths people will go to protect their family.
For one, as the film explores the family’s daily life, albeit in unfortunate circumstances, viewers can notice several subtle hints of Krasinski’s overall theme: a quiet version of a Monopoly board game, several family portraits hung in their barn, lit candles, draping blankets around makeshift furniture and a growing garden, all towards creating a feeling of home in the midst of a nightmare.
All in all, it is clear that Krasinski’s film and more than just your average modern horror movie and despite stressing the idea of silence, A Quiet Place truly offers something more to listen to.