Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
This movie is EVERYTHING. This is the most unique, crazy, and trippy film I have maybe ever seen. This story is unlike anything I have ever seen before and I honestly can not even give a synopsis because I don’t think I can even try to explain what this movie is about. I couldn't imagine trying to pitch this film. I went into this film completely blind knowing nothing about it and I think that is what made it so much better. So if you have not seen the movie, go see it in theatres on the biggest screen because it is so so worth it. I saw it twice but I found it was better the first time because I had no idea what to expect. I loved hearing the audience react, laugh, and yell at the screen throughout this film. A very fun experience that reminded me why I love going to the movie theatre so much.
I think this movie is made for everyone because everyone can resonate with that feeling like you are looking for sense of purpose in life or living with regrets. This story is about a Chinese immigrant family who owns a laundromat. The family is being audited, and the main character Evelyn is under a lot of stress as she struggles to work with her husband who wants to divorce her, accept her daughter being a lesbian, and understand how to do her taxes. From there the film does a complete one-eighty and becomes one of the most ridiculous films I have ever seen. I never expected that from this movie and it absolutely blew me away.
I love this cast, Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis are amazing in this film. Their characters are so compelling and so well developed. They are so fun to watch and the actors are so skilled in playing different versions of the same character across many universes. In today’s typical blockbuster and especially in sci-fi you rarely see women like Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis play the leads, always side characters as moms or grandmas. In sci-fi blockbusters, we generally see young and typically male leads so I found it interesting to see. Michelle Yeoh’s character, Evelyn even though she lives a life completely different from mine, she is so easy to connect to.
The cinematography, sets, costume design and overall look of the film is really beautiful and unique. The editing is flawless and I love when they transition through different worlds seamlessly. There are two scenes I love the most not necessarily for their content but just the editing and artistic nature of the scenes. My favourite is when Joy/Jobu Tupaki is first introduced and she makes constant costume changes and is turning everything around her into something else. I also love when Evelyn is yelling and she goes through the many universes and they go so fast that you can’t even see all of them.
This film is beautifully random. I love the “Racaconie” world and the world where they are rocks… yes I said rocks. It is such a fun film to watch and I was laughing the whole time. I am such a big fan of the Russo Brothers and was excited but not entirely surprised that they were producers on the film alongside Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Jonathan Wang and Mike Larocca. I honestly do not know how you would pitch a film like this and somehow be successful.
Overall, this film is the best I have seen so far this year. It is absolutely insane. If you have not seen it already you definitely have to. Go see it in theatres and don’t wait to watch it on digital. This is the film of the year and I am calling it now. This cast is amazing, the costumes, the set, the story, everything is amazing. Definitely a must-see.