Andrei Girard’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm still trying to process whatever the f*ck I did watch. This film is INSANE. I felt like being thrown a bunch of different stuff all at once, without being able to catch one. There are just way too many things happening at the same time and combined with the frenetic pace, it can be a bit hard to keep up with. It reminds me of directors like Nobuhiko Obayashi or even Takashi Miike, just because of the pure chaotic energy put into their work. Everything Everywhere All at Once lives up to its title, presenting such a wide variety of ideas together in a messy, overstuffed and convoluted narrative, but, at the same time, taking viewers into a wonderfully trippy, dynamic, colourful and highly imaginative journey, which is definitely worth getting into.
If you've been following my reviews, you'll know that one of the aspects I appreciate the most in film, is creativity. And, whilst I wouldn't exactly call this film 100% original, there's undeniably a huge amount of creativity and craziness put into it. It's a very ambitious project and, it takes a LOT of risks. I can't even imagine what the whole process of creating something like this was like.
At its core this is the story of a woman who underestimates herself and, is involuntarily distancing herself from her family, therefore, neglecting her relationship with her daughter and husband. They take this somewhat simple story and add so many layers and philosophical depth to it, to the point that it becomes much more nuanced and complex on its own. On top of that, they add these sci-fi elements and absurdities to tell this particular story in a more inventive way, in which this woman has to connect with parallel universe versions of herself and, fight a powerful "evil" being to save the multiverse from its destruction.
This film is technically impressive; the editing, the cinematography, the performances, the score and the direction are utterly awe-inspiring and, those fight scenes are AMAZING. Besides that, the characters are very well-constructed and even relatable. The story is just so engrossing from beginning to end, emotionally compelling, action-packed, funny, heartbreaking, uplifting, bizarre, insightful and, it just brings a lot of different feelings spreading everywhere all at once.
"You are capable of anything because you are so bad at everything"
I just hope more films like this get made and distributed widely. I'm glad that it did good at the box office despite being so unconventional, that's a good sign.
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