For hearing audiences, who had always wondered what the secret was of deaf people’s hands flying in conversation, the film was a potentially revelatory experience. For D/Deaf/HoH For the audience, including my son (a CI user) and me, it was thrilling to see ASL and a strong Deaf character in the spotlight. As Symonds said in a we live Interview, it is “important.” [deaf] “Children see themselves represented on screen.” Furthermore, the inversion of subjectivity – repeatedly placing the hearing audience “between the ears” of a Deaf character, in a state of constant, silent vigilance – made A Quiet Place a truly Deaf-centered and Deaf-affirmative film. .
said that, Deaf reviewers have pointed out Minor inconsistencies in the film, many of which relate to deafness. For example: Deaf people are not silent in real life, nor are they all “magical lipreaders,” aka experts—borrowed from the late John S. Schuchman in his book Hollywood Speaks: Deafness and the Film Entertainment Industry. Additionally, ASL in movies is not “real” ASL – it’s more like View (signed in accurate English)., Furthermore, Regan wears her CI even when it’s not working: the CI requires charging or batteries, and we never see it on screen.
Most of these errors may seem minor, but there is one error that is certainly prominent in the plot: the fact that in real life the CI device does not make sound. Of any kind. Hearing aids provide feedback – CIs do not. In other words, one of the key plot points in the film – that the CI-like weapon weakens monsters by making noise – doesn’t hold water.
A Quiet Place 2 (2021) was also successful, as it was the first film to gross over $100 million at the US and Canada box office following the COVID-19-lockdown. This sequel provides the audience with some backstory in the form of a flashback to Abbott’s “Day One”, after which the main story tracks Regan, now reportedly the central protagonist of the story, along with her sidekick Emmett ( Oscar nominee Cillian Murphy). As they seek possible safety on an island, Regan hears a radio transmission. Finally, as in AQP 1, the thing that drives away the “demon” – the only hope of getting back to normal, the ability to “hear” or a non-quiet space state – is the scream of Regan’s cochlear. Is transplant. The last shot of the film is, in fact, one of the implant alone, hanging by its magnet in front of a radio microphone as it broadcasts its power across the country.
So, while A Quiet Place 2 (AQP 2) maintains and develops the centrality and agency of a Deaf character, played by a Deaf person, that was established in the first film, in the end, it does not go far enough for Deaf representation. Not there. However the regen of AQP 2 is a “Strong, “The talented deaf man with the superpowers of signing and lipreading, he’s still no hero. The ultimate “hero” is still the implant – the hero is still technology. The screenwriters still needed Regan’s implant (which she didn’t really want, and which wouldn’t really make any noise) to restore the world to normal.
Does positive representation outweigh flubs in The Quiet Place movies? If the priority is well-written, well-acted, entertaining action films with strong deaf heroines, the answer may be yes. If the priority is a realistic picture of the life experience of most 430 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss, then the answer will be no. Then, can Any How does film – especially one of the inventive genres of sci-fi or horror – provide a completely accurate representation of a lived experience?
Given all this, what awaits audiences in the series’ new prequel, A Quiet Place: Day One (which will be released in US theaters on June 28)? Who is the hero/heroine, Regan or his transplant? or, as sound designer As the headliner for AQP 2 said, was it the phenomenon of sound itself that was “the central character in the film”? If we’re to believe Day One’s tagline, “Hear how it all began,” the franchise may be abandoning its efforts at deaf representation in favor of fleshing out the sound as main characters.
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