Film Therapy: A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place directed by John Krasinski, stars John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward. The film released on April 6th, 2018 and is about a family that is struggling to survive a creature invasion by living in silence.

Film is therapy, and how I consume that therapy is by taking what I have seen and questioning how it resembles my own life or how I think I would react if I were in the situation of the protagonist. A Quiet Place hits home on many different levels because of the fact that a family is experiencing the horror of an invasion together and the parents are struggling to keep their family alive. The opening five minutes of the film will stick with me for a long time. I look at the youngest son who is perhaps five years old at most, and I see my son – right down to his interests as well as the camouflage pants he wears.

I ask myself, would I be able to protect my five year old son? Would I be strong enough to hold on through the horror that awaits at every turn? Would I make the same choices as Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) – or would I already have perished because I am not strong enough to withstand the storm? I ask myself these questions, not because I feel the need to prepare for an invasion or an apocalypse, but more as an exercise of will.  Do I have the strength to endure?

One thing that moviegoers like to do in response to apocalypse/invasion type movies, is go over what they would have done logically to ride out the storm. While this can be an interesting thought process, it is important not to dwell on how you have the best way to survive the situation because that can limit your overall enjoyment of the film. So proceed with caution.

There are many instances that I wanted to break down and cry during this accurately paced and timed film (running a crisp 1 hour 30 minutes), but it wasn’t until after the film that I would cry about it. The truly special films, the films that take a space in our hearts, are the ones that provide you with emotion after you have seen them and for that I am thankful.

Movie Prescription: This is the perfect film for a parent to see when they have reached the end of their rope with their children because it will remind you how important you are to your family.