‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Review: John Krasinski’s Satisfying Sequel Widens World and Expands Emotion

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Review: John Krasinski’s Satisfying Sequel Widens World and Expands Emotion
When actor and director John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” became a smash hit in 2018 — the rare top 15 hit based on original material, easily Krasinski’s biggest success behind the camera since he started directing a decade earlier — one of the most popular narratives around its creation was a compelling one: Krasinski, not at all a “horror guy,” had finally found his filmmaking footing with a scary movie. For the film’s inevitable sequel, And while his ability to direct stunning, action-driven set pieces on par with any other blockbuster has grown, so too has Krasinski’s initial motivation: to make a movie for his family.

His onscreen family, however, has to do that (mostly) without its patriarch. When “A Quiet Place” ended, Krasinski’s Lee Abbott had died while protecting his family from the monstrous aliens that had overtaken Earth more than a year prior. That pain was tinged
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