Everything Everywhere All at Once is a magnificent achievement of original filmmaking that brings heart and creativity to the forefront.
I will be 100% honest with you all, the first time I watched the trailer for Everything Everywhere All at Once I did not have the reaction the rest of the internet had. I don’t really know what didn’t captivate me from it but it just didn’t. I would continue to watch this trailer before multiple films at the cinema and I still felt no inkling of major excitement for this film. I still very much planned to watch it, but I was nowhere near being excited for this as other films that are to be released in the coming weeks. Well, sit back, relax, and let me talk to you all about my favorite movie of the year so far.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man) or simply known as Daniels. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film had its world premiere at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film looks at an elderly Chinese immigrant who has to save the world by interacting with each iteration of her in the vast multiverse. Yeah, that does indeed sound like a lot and no she is not wearing a cape or the sorcerer supreme though I would not be entirely against Michelle Yeoh as Sorcerer Supreme. I am sure that we all can agree we need as much Michelle Yeoh in our lives as possible.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is mesmerizing original filmmaking at its finest that packs many punches. I found myself laughing, smiling, and crying throughout its runtime, and when a film can do all that while keeping my attention it is truly a special piece of art. It’s woven together by heart, an interesting stylistic approach, and clever writing that keeps you hooked until the very end. I loved every single performance from Ke Huy Quan’s charming and electrifying Waymond Wang who serves as the anchor to Michelle Yeoh’s Evelyn Wang. The chemistry between Yeoh and Hsu is beautiful to watch unravel especially as Yeoh learns more and more through her different versions of herself how to be a better mother and partner. It’s those tender moments of the film that truly captures the essence of the Daniels’ beautifully crafted film. Everything Everywhere All at Once is unlike anything I have ever seen before and is a breath of fresh air in this current state of cinema that we find ourselves in.
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