Update: John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place is an exceptional, top–tier horror–thriller. I saw it late Friday afternoon and realized immediately that my initial reluctance to give it a chance was misplaced. It has some logic problems but the over-riding silence element is brilliant and in fact riveting.
Earlier: I didn’t want to see A Quiet Place that much, to be honest, and so I forgot to remember to attend the 3.29 all-media at the Arclight. Now it’s playing and projected to make $40 million this weekend, and so I have no choice but to pay to see the damn thing at the Grove, and before 4pm if I can. Because I obviously don’t want to be silent or out of the game. I’m not looking forward to this. I’m really not. Grim up, pay up and take it. Martin Ritt‘s Sounder.
“Why didn’t they ever wear socks?
“For the entirety of the film, Krasinski, Blunt, and their two young children go barefoot so the big-eared but blind monsters outside their home won’t hear the family’s footsteps. (They even go so far as to build a trail of soft sand wherever they walk.) Obviously, it makes sense for these people to not wear shoes. Shoes are noisy, duh! It’s the apocalypse, honey: Time to throw out those Louboutins!
“Buuuut…shouldn’t they at least be wearing socks? As any sneaky kid knows all too well, a nice pair of soft socks make your footsteps even quieter, especially if you’re slapping those feet down onto hard surfaces on the regular. I just walked around my house with one sock on and one sock off (we run only the finest, most rigorous scientific tests on Vulture) and the socked foot made so much less noise on my hardwood floors that it wasn’t even a contest. “Perhaps Krasinski thought the sockless look was more cinematic, or maybe he felt that walking around in bare feet made the characters more vulnerable. Still, if he wanted me to take this family’s survivalist strategies more seriously, someone might have tried on a damn pair of socks once in a while. I don’t doubt that if this film is a hit, we’ll see A Quieter Place green-lit sooner rather than later. Let’s hope that for the sequel, they manage to pour a sand trail up the stairs to the sock drawer.”