“A Quiet Place Part II” Review: John Krasinski’s Sequel Justifies a Trip to the Movie Theater

Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Emily Blunt in “A Quiet Place Part II.” Photo Courtesy: Paramount Pictures

Rating: 7/10

I was supposed to catch a press screening of A Quiet Place Part II, John Krasinski’s second installment about a family of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world hunted by blind monsters, in March of last year.

But just a few days before the screening was scheduled to take place, California, along with most of the country, adopted shelter-in-place orders and everything was put on hold. It seems almost fitting that this horror sequel is the first movie I’ve seen in a movie theater more than 14 months later.

A Quiet Place Part II opens exclusively in theaters on May 28. And the big screen is the way it should be seen. Let me add though that I attended a screening with very limited capacity and mandatory masking. I’m also fully vaccinated.

I saw the movie screened with Dolby Vision video technology and Dolby Atmos surround sound; perhaps it was that I had been cinema-deprived, but I felt it made a difference. The room was pitch dark and the silences and minor sounds played in a way that’s impossible to emulate at home even with a big TV and top-notch sound system.