Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

Everything you’ve heard is true. 

I’d call this a miracle work, but I think that would be inconsiderate of how controlled and thought through this is. Despite how insane this gets - and trust me, it gets very weird - the Daniels know exactly what they’re doing. It’s a vision unlike anything I have ever seen or even thought of, and it knows that. So it used every trick up its sleeve, and uses them really well. Match cuts, martial arts, homages, flashbacks, on screen text, censoring, puppets, and every genre that the multiverse could produce, because I’m not sure exactly which one it is. 

But aside from being endlessly creative and unapologetically silly, Everything Everywhere All at Once is also genuinely moving. Because at the center of this gut-bustingly hilarious tale is a beating and sincere heart that never lets up. At a certain point, the silliness is never without poignancy, and the thematic weight comes full force. And as much as the screenplay deserves to be commended for this, the performances also bring a lot to the table. 

Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan (you have no idea how ecstatic I was when I realized that was Shorty from Temple of Doom) are legitimately awards worthy here, displaying some incredible dramatic depth in what are mostly comedic performances. They strike an impeccable balance, making for some extremely powerful moments that never feel forced or out of place. 

I can’t say that this a movie for everyone, because something this wild has almost no chance clicking with everybody. But, I think that pretty much everyone could at least admire its daring originality. And also that very first action sequence, because it, like everything else here, is one of the mind-blowing, entertaining, and cathartic things that I have ever seen.

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