I recently rewatched A Quiet Place and it is still a solid film. However, if you remember my original review, I briefly touched on my frustration with the parents in this film. Now is the time I dive deeper into that rant.
Let’s start with my first frustration: why do you have your youngest child, who you already know doesn’t seem to fully grasp the concept of “no noise”, walking in the back of the family line behind everybody? It doesn’t make any sense. Yes, Evelyn later says that she could have carried him, but you know what else you both could have done? Have him walk between the two of you. It’s a no brainer. That way you can keep an eye on him. Hell, why don’t you have both children walking between you? Why do you have your deaf daughter behind you? Why are you not watching these children?
I know that Evelyn being pregnant is pretty much the whole plot of the film, but getting pregnant in that world is just irresponsible. Just think of it realistically. Did she intend to live in that hole beneath their house with her baby until her baby was at least 5 years old? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. And, it may be even longer than 5, because the son that died was 4 years old and he still didn’t seem to understand what was happening.
Why wouldn’t both parents just focus on the children that they have? Why don’t they just focus on keeping themselves, Regan, and Marcus alive? Why complicate it all by bringing a baby into that post-apocalyptic world? It’s because they want to replace the baby that they lost. And, honestly, any other time, that’s fine. You do you. But, when your family’s existence relies on being quiet, a baby is not the thing you want around.
Was Evelyn planning on staying in that underground bunker with the baby while they were growing up? What kind of sense does that make? It doesn’t make any sense, honestly. You have two children who need you on a daily basis, and you are just going to stay below your house in a hole with a newborn until they’re at least 5 years old. And, did you notice how, after the baby was born and put away in that box (!) that neither parent rushed to retrieve the other two children who were both still outside? Why does it take Lee so long to realize that he should go and help his two living children? Honestly, the dude has three kids for less than thirty minutes and winds up dead. He couldn’t hack it.
I just find it infuriating because, even though the pregnancy was the big part of the story, it didn’t have to be. There are hundreds of different stories that could have been told that didn’t involve irresponsibly bringing a child into that world. And, I’m upset that we’ll never get to see those stories.
Emily Blunts’ acting during the birthing scene was perfection, though.