Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

I think the thing with Daniels' works is its always been about love (most great work is), maybe not like romantic sexy love, but true love; love of life. Joy. And that's what attracted me to them in the first place, to be able to distill a sense of joy through irreverence. It comes bursting out of everything they do, from that silly holiday skit where the presents fight back, to two best friends falling into each others assholes, from a guy who fucking hung in there no matter how bad it got as he fell down an up escalator in that Battles music video, to a farting corpse that injects hope back into desolation.

With Everything Everywhere All at Once the boys have made their magnum opus, everything prior working together to crystallize in this film. On a broad spectrum its message is to love joy, not with hedonism and decadence or reckless abandonment, but with the very state of your being because it is existence harmonized in that fleeting emotion. Joy is the reflection of love in the space between us and it spells the letters of GOD and DOG and POOP and PEE. It's laughing in the face of the absurdity of existence and how lucky we are to have the courage to get out of bed in the morning and face all the love and hate of the day while stars explode a trillion miles away and their lights dance through time. Like Jeff Magnum once sang, "How strange it is to be anything at all."

 Their idiosyncratic spin on post-modern reflexive absurdity takes the themes of generational strife and love that continue to perpetuate human existence through the madness of oblivion and spins them in a way that's relatable enough to give hope back to a hopeless generation of misfits and dorks that feel like throwing themselves into the center of an everything bagel each day.

Beyond the broad scope of its message the film excels in the tiny moments as well. From the very fenetic beginning it nails the push and pull of familial duty and the pressures of society all intersecting at the confluence of three generations. I saw my family in this, immigrants and small business owners, and even if that's not your story, I'm sure there's reflections there that ripple across cultures. It all culminates in a dramatic crescendo in which the catharsis takes place via text between two rocks. 

Get to full theater and see this with your best friends and then call everyone you know and tell them you love them. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this (shout out SAM OGDEN!) this is championship level stuff, it feels like my guts on screen, its hopes and dreams, it's the zeitgeist, it's the best.

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