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A Quiet Place highlights experiences of being deaf

A Quiet Place is the most authentic movie I have ever seen. It is not based on a true story, but it has an original cast. John Krasinski, the director of the movie, took upon the role of the main character, Lee Abbott. After reading the script, Emily Blunt, Krasinski’s wife, requested to play the role of the mother, Evelyn Abbott. Millicent Simmonds, who plays Regan Abbott, is deaf, just like the character she played.

The plot of A Quiet Place starts out with a family of five at a deserted superstore trying to get the items that they need for survival. Evelyn was carefully looking through the medicine aisle for her sick son, Marcus, without making a noise. The kids tiptoed and walked around, but no one in the audience knew why they were afraid of making noises. Ten minutes into the movie, a battery-operated toy that Beau held emitted a sound, causing these fast and blind creatures that hunt by noise to pounce out of nowhere and slaughter him. The entire movie hall was dead silent; not a single sound could be heard.

I think this movie is very important in the deaf community because there are rarely any movies that include sign language. This movie can inspire other writers to be more creative with their storylines. Not only do I believe this movie is an inspiration to the deaf community, I think it also sends a message about parenting, such as protecting and trying to raise your children in that kind of situation, and fear of losing them. It also shows us how inconvenient it is to not make a sound while doing laundry, cooking, and dealing with pain. There are some parts of the movie where the audio heard is from Regan’s point of view with complete on-screen silence. I thought those parts were very fascinating because you are experiencing what deaf people go through. I do not want to spoil some parts but I really believe that this movie should be given a chance to be viewed by everyone because the depiction of the love of the parents is really unbelievable. Disclaimer: this movie may be very sentimental to some viewers, so bring some tissues before entering the theater.

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