Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

What a miraculous triumph of a film. 

Everything Everywhere All at Once is so many things, so many tones and flavours and ideas, that it’s a marvel that it works as well as it does. A lot of that comes down to the Daniels’ command over every frame thanks to a tight script and some of the most creative action camera work I’ve seen in years. There isn’t a beat wasted here, no opportunity for colour and life to be poured into the screen wasted. Inventive choreography, set ups and framing mean every fight felt fresh and welcome. Never mind the general cinematography, which utilised the big screen experience in ways most blockbusters can only dream of. 

The script, a couple of clunky moments in the third act aside, is humming with love and humanity. It’s wildly stupid at times, with humour that almost always landed and made me involuntarily laugh out loud, but its core is profound. A rumination on existential dread and meaning that isn’t content to give the audience an easy out in the end but is kind enough to remind you that doesn’t matter so long as you’re still here and trying. This film is a fascinating sister piece to Matrix: Resurrections too, a comparison I need to sit with but can’t help but make.

And the performances, good lord. There isn’t a bad one in here. Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis provider phenomenal supporting turns. Stephanie Hsu deserves the world, almost stealing the whole show from industry veterans with her audacious and deeply sad portrayal of my favourite new character - what if a queer burn out got access to too much power. 

Then of course, Michelle Yeoh. Flowers for Yeoh, a whole field of them. This is exceptional work, utilising every inch of her history in Hollywood and life as a Chinese woman to bring this character and world to life. She is the lynchpin of the whole endeavour - even as the film spirals into batshittery, Yeoh keeps you with her. A beautiful, sad, funny, impressively cool turn out from a living legend. 

I’ve used too much flowery language and gone on too long but Everything Everywhere All at Once made me laugh, cry, tense up and nearly cheer multiple times with seamless fluidity. It just fucking rules.

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