Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Year: 2022 | Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Anytime a new movie comes out and is heralded as a supposed masterpiece and places highly on lists like the Letterboxd Top 250, I make sure to temper my expectations, because I don’t want my reception of the film to suffer from the potentially artificially high hype. So, even though I loved Swiss Army Man, and even though A24 released literally half of my top 10 films of 2021, I didn’t go into Everything Everywhere All at Once with the assumption that it was going to be the best film I’ve seen this year, especially since my favorite director (Richard Linklater) already released a film which I adored (Apollo 10 1/2). And you know what? It wasn’t the best film I’ve seen this year. At least not just that. It’s also one of the best films I think I’ve ever seen in my life.

I wonder if I’m the only one who feels like this is a definitive multiverse story. The MCU Multiverse? Rick and Morty? Hell, even the Spider-Verse (which I love and adore, for the record)? Shut it down. Shut it all down. Daniels have shown us how a multiverse film can and should be done, and I have my doubts that it can be executed any better than this.

This may, in fact, be the first film that’s ever made me cry from both laughter and genuine emotional resonance. This is obviously an incredibly funny and absurd film, but it’s also a deeply philosophical and mature film, and it strikes a balance between the two better than any piece of media I’ve ever experienced before. I’m kinda a big, fat softie when it comes to crying in movies, so it’s not totally surprising that this one got me, too. But as far as life affirmation goes, Everything Everywhere All at Once definitely stands in a league of its own.

After seeing this film, I had an extremely odd experience in the Target around the corner, and in the Lyft on the way home…and I’m just going to go ahead and assume that everything’s going to feel a little off for a while now thanks to this movie fucking with my head. So thanks for that, Daniels.

Language: English, Cantonese, Chinese
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 2 hr. 19 min.
Rating: R

Director: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan. Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis

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