Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a fantasy sci-fi film following an aging Chinese immigrant who is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.

It’s not often I’m lost for words after a film and I usually like to start writing my review straight away whilst everything’s fresh in my mind but I was speechless when I left the cinema, I didn’t know how to put my love for this film into words but now I do; this is the greatest film I have ever seen and my new favourite film of all time. Everything Everywhere All at Once contains all of the things I love about cinema rolled into one mind blowing 139 minute film that is truly unlike anything I have ever seen before.

Somehow, a film that deals with the multiverse in such an over the top way still manages to feel grounded in reality with its themes and messages dealing with how we look at life, where we end up and the things we’ve achieved and not achieved along with a very touching, emotional look at human relationships and how we treat those around us. There are some very hard hitting moments here that really got me yet it’s still one of the most optimistic films I have seen in quite sometime, this is all a result of the expert writing and directing from Daniels, two geniuses who manage to create something huge from this wonderful premise.

Daniels always show their love for cinema as a whole throughout this film with so many nods to so many films but there’s a certain emphasis on their love for the weird and wonderful world of Asian cinema, with many homages that immediately stood out to me because of my love of Asian cinema; they really did it justice, using it to create something so whacky and bold that is without a doubt the most original and refreshing film to received a wide theatrical release in quite some time, something that is so daring and isn’t the easiest task.

The humour is hilarious with every single joke landing in such a perfectly timed way whether it’s the hot dog fingers scenes, certain placement of certain trophies or two rocks talking to each other, the comedy goes hand in hand with the visuals to create so many unforgettable and funny moments. As well as surreal comedy, a captivating premise and touching themes and messages, this genre blending masterpiece is also a phenomenal action film too. All of the action scenes were simply breathtaking with jaw dropping choreography and intense camera techniques and editing, this film was made to be watched on the biggest screen possible and I’m so glad I watched it in IMAX.

And then there’s the cast. I’m not sure if there are enough words to describe how much I love Michelle Yeoh’s performance in this film. It made me so happy to see Yeoh leading this stellar cast and doing such a fantastic job of it, channelling so many different emotions and helping bring to life such a likeable, interesting and familiar character who isn’t perfect but is always a character I was rooting for. Joining Yeoh is the hilarious Jamie Lee Curtis, the effortlessly cool Stephanie Hsu and the loveable Ke Huy Quan, all of which are scene stealers in their own right, owning every second of their screen time with some truly magnificent performances.

There’s other great performances to be found within this cast and no one does a bad job, it’s clear to see how much of a blast everyone was having on set. The set and costume designs constantly get better with each universe and each scene, never falling to the background and always working with the cinematography to provide something stunning to look at. The cinematography as a whole is just gorgeous, every damn scene in this film looks amazing with perfect camera work and perfect lighting. The soundtrack cuts through the wonderful visuals to make its presence known with a brilliant score from Son Lux that perfectly fits the film’s various tones, and to top it all off, there’s even their excellent team up with Mitski and David Byrne for the end credits song, This is a Life, the perfect song to end this perfect film with. 

Overall, Everything Everywhere All at Once has taken the title of both the best film I have ever seen and my favourite film of all time. Never has a film grabbed me immediately like this one, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think and it had me on the edge of my seat, this is everything I love about films rolled into one big masterpiece. Yeoh is phenomenal, the special effects, set and costume designs are phenomenal, the cinematography, the soundtrack, the humour, every second of this film is perfect and I love it so much. I cannot wait to rewatch this.

👀🥯🦝🌭🪨 / 🪨🌭🦝🥯👀

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