If you come away from this thinking the "regressive" criticism about A Quiet Place is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h at best, you are not alone. But a pretty scalding take was put out there, it reached director John Krasinski after the otherwise very highly praised horror film debuted in 2018, and he recently responded to the criticism in advance of his sequel A Quiet Place Part II.
John Krasinski said he was inspired to make A Quiet Place after he and wife/co-star Emily Blunt had their second child. The movie was a metaphor about parenthood. Most critics and fans either picked up on that or just appreciated the film apart from any message; the horror film has a whopping 95% fresh rating and an 83% audience score.
But at least one critic read the film differently. In a piece titled "The Silently Regressive Politics of A Quiet Place," The New Yorker writer Richard Brody wrote the following intro:
He added that A Quiet Place is the story of a white family "living in rustic isolation that’s reduced to silence because a bunch of big, dark, stealthy, predatory creatures who can hear their every noise are marauding in the woods..."
Well! Most critics and fans seemed to love A Quiet Place (except that test audience), but the bulk of any criticism centered about plot holes (and a lot of people asked about farts). If there's anything politically regressive about A Quiet Place it was unconscious to John Krasinski. He just had a lengthy profile with Esquire and he was asked about that sharp political take:
John Krasinski is sticking with his parenting metaphor for A Quiet Place Part II, the sequel he never expected to make going in. While his character Lee Abbott does return for part of the sequel, to show the beginnings of what happened, the story picks up from the events of A Quiet Place. So it mostly follows Emily Blunt's Evelyn Abbott and her children with Lee. As Krasinski continued to Esquire:
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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