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Everything Everywhere All At Once Movie Review : Everyone Everywhere Must Watch This One
Review: Evelyn’s father, Gong Gong, is highly critical of his daughter’s choices, including her decision to marry Waymond and move to the US, only to become the owner of a struggling laundry business. On the other hand, Evelyn isn’t exactly the most supportive of her daughter Joy, which weighs heavy on the young girl. Waymond is a happy-go-lucky guy who isn’t too content in the marriage but keeps trying to lift Evelyn’s spirits in his own ways – one of which is to put googly eyes on things. However, Evelyn’s life suddenly changes when Waymond is taken over by a variant from the multiverse.
Writers and directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka the Daniels, waste little time giving us ample insights into the Wang family before pulling the rug from under Evelyn’s feet, as well as our own. When she taps into the multiverse, there’s no turning back for this absurd yet almost flawlessly crafted action-comedy. And yet, amidst all the fast-paced but easy-to-follow action and memorable visuals that range from the stylish to the outrageous, the film’s heart is never out of focus.
While the Wang family form the emotional core, Michelle Yeoh carries most of the movie since the plot revolves around Evelyn. But, she’s supported by a strong cast down to the extras. Both Waymond and Joy are also crucial, evident in the performances by Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu, respectively. In addition, Jamie Lee Curtis and James Hong also get their own moments to shine.
Besides the well-crafted characters, the Daniels meticulously orchestrate a delicate balance between all-out absurdity and conflicting philosophies represented by doughnuts and googly eyes as two opposing symbols. The VFX and imagery are filled with countless easter eggs and obvious references to other movies. Even the fight choreography pays tribute to martial art films, particularly Jackie Chan’s frenetic style.
To say more about ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ requires unravelling the plot. This hilariously original, wildly unpredictable, and thought-provoking genre-bending film must be experienced to be fully appreciated. It’ll leave you with much to unpack – the least will be newfound regard for cinematic storytelling. Easily one of the best movies of the year and arguably one of the most memorable action comedies of all time, it simply cannot be missed.