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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Report Card---"A Quiet Place."

"A Quiet Place" is a level-one monster movie.
You can check your brains at the door.
It takes place in post-apocalyptic America.
It's about a family, the last remaining human family alive, surrounded on all sides by pre-historic style reptilian monsters.
They can barely talk to each other, because they are all afraid that the monsters will hear them.
And attack them.
And what do you know?
They do.
And that's the whole movie.

On to the scoring.

Is it interesting?

Somewhat.  The first hour is devoted to :What's going on here ?" "Where is it going?"                    ' 

Compelling even?


Is it good storytelling?

No.  There is almost no storytelling.

Is it well written?

There is virtually no writing or talking.

Is it well cast? Well played?

The casting is okay.  To no particular effect.

Well shot?

Very well.  It doesn't help.
Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?


How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately.  It doesn't help.

Is it too long? Too short?

It's mercifully short.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?.

No, and no.
Is it predictable?

After a while, you knew it had no place to go.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about how one dimensional it is.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not any bucks.

Is it impressive?

Not at all.

Overall grade: F.

I watched "Casablanca" again yesterday.  The best movie of all time, draw that one on a graph.
Compared to "A Quiet Place".
My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."