I can’t remember the exact date I became aware of this film, but it was just after some screenings when it had overtaken Parasite on Letterboxd as the highest rated film of all time (it has since dropped to 5th). It has broken records for an A24 film becoming the highest grossing A24 film in the US, 4th highest worldwide so far, when it’s had such a limited release.
I’m a fan of the The Daniels as directors purely from their one previous directing credit, Swiss Army Man, a very unique film that features Daniel Radcliffe being used as a Swiss Army, farting corpse. The tone and sense of humour perfectly work and makes it such an engaging watch, something I was expecting also with Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is going about her everyday life managing a dry cleaners, when she is contacted by her husband for another reality to save the multiverse from a creature trying to kill them and her family.
Something about multiverse films at the moment isn’t there. I blame Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
When a film makes it to the highest rated film of all time, on an app/site used by big film fans you have to sit up and take notice, but it does all build up a lot of hype, that it might not have been able to live up to, this isn’t an example of that. Everything Everywhere All at Once is a perfect example of what cinema should be and can be, when filmmakers are allowed to just make whatever they want to. A poignant, beautiful message that’s a lot of fun.
Michelle Yeoh has obviously been around for a long time, being consistently great but it feels like she managed to elbow her way back into the limelight after her performance in Crazy Rich Asians. Her star is the biggest it’s ever been and that’s not slowing down anytime soon as she is set to appear in Avatar: The Way of Water and it’s sequels, as well as The Witcher spin-off The Witcher: Blood Origin. Her dynamic with the rest of co-stars, particularly the cast members that play her family, Stephanie Hsu (plays her daughter, who I’ve seen in a couple of films but hasn’t had a bigger role before) and Ke Huy Quan (plays her husband, who hasn’t done loads of acting but will be known for his role as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and as Data in The Goonies). The family is such a strong part of this film, it is truly the heart of it and where the message of the film hits the hardest.
A big strength of the film is how tightly the film is written. Coming it at just under 2 hours 20 mins, it doesn’t feel like it at all, the film flies by with big credit to the Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert). The attention to detail is perfect, it’s clear that they both had final say and got the crew in on how much detail they wanted from the script to translate to the screen and the set and the performances and the other universes we tap into and see in the film, from ones that are marginally different to ones vastly. They both clearly have some big talent, a master of their tone, knowing what they want and have a big future ahead.
Overall, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a must watch! A lot of fun for anyone, there will be laughs, there might be tears and you will have a good time! Support this type of independant cinema when you can! It’s really important for the industry, yes, support the big ones too but show that people will watch interesting and unique storytelling. It won’t be a surprise to see this one making the rounds once again later on in the year for some award season buzz.
What did you think of Everything Everywhere All at Once?
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