I was lucky enough to screen AQP2 last night and in a blink...it was over! Not to take away from the great sequel to the first, but 90mins seemed like a minute. I think it's a testament to John Krasinski's storytelling and direction or maybe with a movie largely based around silence there's no need to drag it out. Either way, it's fast paced, picking up right where the first ended, without feeling like you're being rushed to the credits. That's not to say there aren't a few things in the film that left you wanting to know more of the backstory, but with the film mainly focused on the original family, you understand why certain things are glossed over. Cillian Murphy (Emmett) is great and brings that same familiar haunted vibe he has in Peaky Blinders, but Millicent Simmonds (Regan) is pretty close to perfection. She's just incredible. She's determined to carry out her father's desire to, not only protect her family, but see these monsters destroyed for all of humanity. Never once do you doubt her fortitude, which had my 16yo whispering encouragement to her during the film (lol...true story).
I won't give away any of the plot, but if you're looking for a good, post-COVID summer movie to get you back to the theaters, I'd definitely recommend it.