Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

"Mrs. Wang, are you with us?"

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a lot of things. Surprising, right? A multi-genre mind scrambler bolstered by wonderfully inventive set pieces and painstakingly curated production elements, all of which are anchored by a consistently piercing family drama. Part bizarro sci-fi playground, part action spectacle, part resonant character journey. The film is, well, kind of everything. Almost unfathomable in both conception and execution, this balancing act sees its creatives working at the peak of their abilities as the cast deliver universally absorbing performances. The Daniels exhibit an unbridled yet meticulous artistic energy that’s given form by Paul Rogers’ phenomenal editing. And at the heart of their work is a roster of stars with the indelible Michelle Yeoh in a marvelous lead turn (Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan are also equally superb).

A vibrant ode to its inspirations as well as a brazen challenge to the boundaries of the genre(s) and the medium itself. Everything Everywhere All at Once will shatter you into a hundred different pieces, each fragment colliding with some new, off-the-wall decision or affecting existential insight, something that’ll set your eyes, mind, and soul ablaze with its thoughtful brilliance. The energy is utterly palpable, the emotion even more so. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a masterful experience the likes of which may rarely be matched this year. But we’ll just have to wait and see.

"Maybe there is something out there, some new discovery that will make us feel like even smaller pieces of shit. Something that explains why you still went looking for me through all of this noise. And why, no matter what, I still want to be here with you. I will always, always want to be here with you."

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