Four Reasons Why A Quiet Place is One of the Year’s Best—and Most Spiritual—Movies

John Krasinski and Noah Jupe in A Quiet Place, photo from the Paramount Picture trailer

Look, I’ve seen a lot of good movies this year. First Reformed was great and challenging. Leave No Trace was great and poignant. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was just plain great.

But I don’t know if I’ve enjoyed, and thought about, a movie this year as much as I have  A Quiet Place, out on DVD and Blu-Ray as of Tuesday.

Director John Krasinski’s haunting thriller is a great piece of popcorn cinema—tense and terrifying and flat-out fun. It’s beautifully crafted, too, so much so that it holds a 95% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

But it’s also a film about family and, I think, faith, with hints and echoes of Christianity sowed in the whole in a (fittingly) muted but unmistakable way.

And it begins with movie’s most notable element: Its silence.

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