Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

It’s hard to account for recency bias in saying something this definite, and surely someone will want to start a useless argument or hold resentment against the movie because they disagree, but I think this is one of my favorite movies I have ever seen. It’s been a while since I felt that way with something new. But my expectations were high going in and I still thought so 30 minutes in. Then an hour in. Then 2 hours in. Then it ended with a David Byrne and Mitski song over the credits. C’mon now.

To me, this is kind of the prototypical example of what comedy can do– an idea that is inherently the silliest, most goofball of concepts, executed in the silliest, most goofball ways, leaving us disarmed and open enough that we are laughing at something, only to find ourselves saddened and emotional at the vulnerability on display in that same silly, goofball moment. There are so many moments, and even single lines that are both hilarious and truly sad because these guys are so good at taking some thing ridiculous and treating it with earnestness. It’s Interesting Ball times 1000, and it made me cry. Made several people I talked to afterwards cry!

Just spectacular in every possible way? The script, the style, the costumes, the score, the editing, the fucking lighting, the performances (holy shit Ke Huy Quan!) I would watch a separate feature just about the production of this. So life-affirming and sweet and unbelievably romantic. Walked out of the theater talking about when we could see it again and feeling really thankful for the love in my life. Can’t believe I’ve already found this year’s Demi Wont Shut Up About It award winner. (As always, check back in a couple months to see if my mind has been changed to like, Aquaman 2 or some shit)

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