I saw this last night, finally.
I think I fall right in the middle, as I didn’t dislike the movie, but too many things bothered me to think it’s great.
The movie shoots itself in the leg with the (terrible!) exposition via whiteboard and newspaper headlines - if we didn’t get the info that the creatures MO, namely finding you via sound, was discovered when print media was still up and running, I don’t think it would bother me so much that the kid found a way to hurt the creatures.
I just cannot believe that the military, or anyone else, didn’t try to use sound against them as soon as they understood that the creatures depended on it. Or, if you have to go down that exposition route, maybe also establish that the creatures in the woods are maybe smaller creatures, and that there are bigger, more monstrous beasts that actually wiped out city centers and military bases or something.
I’m willing to forgive a lot, like the fireworks covering up Blunt’s screaming. That’s a neat idea, and this being her fourth child, I buy it. At least in this kind of movie. The kid-with-disability-saves-the-day-trope, which makes me grind my teeth usually, would have been okay if the movie didn’t make me think about the rest of the world, see above.
The only thing that really, really threw me while watching the movie though (most of the stuff above annoyed me when thinking about the movie afterwards), was the transition from the scene with Emily Blunt, in the water, with a baby, and a goddamn monster, to her hanging out in the room with the monitors. …do we not need to see how the hell she got out of there? Did I miss something?
Not to be all grump all the time, I really like the acting, especially Blunt, and a lot of the little touches - the fuzzy pieces while playing monopoly, the absence of dishes and cutlery, the spreading of sand, etc. i just wish that the movie had more confidence in its setting and characters not to rely on tropes to appeal to the audience so much. Instead of cheap jumpscares, I would have loved to have most of the violence happen in complete silence, from the deaf kid’s perspective, for example. It’s a mixed bag, but I still find enjoyment in it.