Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

Though my anticipation going into Everything Everywhere All at Once was already immense, so much so that it would've been nearly impossible for it to live up to my expectations, I really couldn't believe how much I instantly loved and was blown away by this film. Without question, this is one of the most original, most bizarre, and most poignant movies I can ever remember watching, a film that really just defies genres, filmmaking conventions, and coherence in all the best ways. This isn't so much a film you watch but one you experience, given that it's an overwhelming, breathless, and wildly imaginative ride from start to finish that makes no apologies for how creative or untethered it is from any other movie I can think of.

Because of this, most of what I adored about Everything Everywhere All at Once is basically undescribable in any written form. It's really about how it makes you feel but what can be highlighted here is definitely the amazing direction, writing, choreography, and editing. The writing and direction from the Daniels is utterly immense, with the film being so energetic and breathtaking in every aspect that they are probably the ones who deserve the most credit. The other major aspect is the performances, beginning with Michelle Yeoh in what is arguably the greatest role in her career. She's always been one of my all-time favourite actresses and seeing her give such an amazing lead performance in a film like this is just beautiful, being that her work here is simply exquisite and I really hope she is seriously considered during awards season. Similarly, all the other performances and especially those from Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, and James Hong are just as spectacular and deserving of endless praise.

More than just the direction and performances though, what makes Everything Everywhere All at Once so terrific is how affecting, intimate, and also existentialist its story is. It's effective both on a massive, universal scale but also as a film about a family. The balance between the two is executed perfectly because even as the film goes through all of its fantastical, science fiction elements, it never loses sight of the heart of the story. The movie is at its core a family drama and a damn great one at that, with an emotional ending that works so brilliantly in closing this up. That's really what makes this such a fantastic film, since it has elements of everything from action, comedy, fantasy, and emotion, yet it also does it all in a way that's so new and so, so inventive. It's because of this that I genuinely cannot think of any film I've ever seen that approaches Everything Everywhere All at Once in being so incredibly singular. Needless to say, I definitely recommend watching this one in theatres as soon as possible because I'm sure you will not regret watching what is for me the best new release I've seen in a long, long time.

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