A Quiet Place; A Quiet Place was quite a spectacle to say the least. Conceptually speaking, the film is unique and therefore was easily able to capture moviegoers’ interests. Following a family in a post-apocalyptic world taken over by menacing creatures, the film isn’t afraid to build its world and take risks. An unsurprising amount of the movie is almost completely silent – bringing viewers to the edge of their seats. Among the cast of A Quiet Place are Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, and Emily Blunt – all three of whom are convincing in their performances. Of the cast though, John Krasinski is its most essential member – not only starring in the lead role, but having directed it all as well. For Krasinski’s directorial debut, A Quiet Place is quite remarkable. As a whole, it’s an enjoyable, intriguing, and all-around great film.
Bird Box; When looking at Bird Box as a whole, there’s a lot left to be desired. Of the few things Bird Box did well, the casting decisions are pretty high up there. Everyone connects as their characters – from John Malkovich to Lil Rel Howery. Bird Box also had a conceptual idea that captured the attention of audiences and had good source material to work off of. Netflix’s original film was an enjoyable watch, too – helping the streaming network prove itself as a movie producer. But the film doesn’t keep stable as it has a rough script to listen to with the combination of bland characters. Its success is very debatable due to its popularity but limited impactful scenes. The greatness (or lack thereof) truly lies in the eyes of its beholder.
It’s almost too easy to pick a winner in this debate, as A Quiet Place is simply too well-crafted to even compare to the barely above average Bird Box. The strong acting from Sandra Bullock does little when compared to John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s excellent performances. Their chemistry while together and with their children is something sorely missing from Bird Box. A Quiet Place has a simple premise, yet executes it with such skill that it serves as a masterful buildup of increasing tension and unnerving stakes. From the ever-present danger of the Death Angels (as they are called), to the well written family dynamic that drives every poignant note of the film, A Quiet Place is both riveting and emotional. Considering these strong factors, A Quiet Place emerges as the clear cut victor between the two.
A Quiet Place – Cinemaster Score: 8/10
Bird Box – Cinemaster Score: 6.5/10