Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.
We (I) have entered the era of me seeing minimal trailers going into a movie. I obviously knew this A24 gem was coming out, but I avoided every trailer outside of watching it in the theater. To my best knowledge, I believe I saw this trailer 2 or 3 times. So walking into this one, I knew it was going to be insane, I knew it was going to involve multi-verses, and I knew it was going to have some kick-ass martial arts. Otherwise, I was ready for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” to take over me.
“An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.”
In this moment as I type, I can’t instantly think of a film where it was so absolutely absurd yet was incredibly heartfelt and thematically driven as “Everything Everywhere All the Time” was.
Please listen to me when I say this movie is BATSHIT CRAZY! There are concepts, scenes, and ideas that I was sitting there literally thinking, “Is this ACTUALLY happening?!” Utter absurdity and chaos for nearly two hours and honestly, I loved every moment of it. Regardless of the wildness, in some strange unexplained way, it all felt necessary and uniform.
This cast is unreal. Just at a glimpse, a here-and-there moviegoer might not think much of this cast. However, when it comes down to these performances, I almost can’t pick a favorite…almost. Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis. This cast is simply phenomenal. Just when I think one actor is pulling off the best performance, I say, “Hey wait, but *insert actor here* is SO F&$*ING GOOD TOO!” For real though, the performances get better and better with every passing moment. While Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang may be my top pick, everyone is so damn good.
As I said before, while “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was mass chaos on one end, the other is an absolutely heartfelt movie about family and living a life we wish for ourselves.
Expectations were high. Early reviews were glowing. My expectations were already astronomically high ahead of the previous two points, but man, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” did not disappoint one bit. As I’ve said, this movie is absurd. If you do not prep yourself for that, you’re going to have a bad time. But for the film fans that know exactly the madness they might step into. Brace yourselves. This is a trip to remember.
Edited by Abby McNatt
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