Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
Everything Everywhere All at Once made me want to call my mom and work through things. That's the highest compliment I could possibly pay to any film. There's a lot I could say about it: it has fantastic action, funny humor, great acting, and it's well written. But more than anything, the best part about it is that it ties everything together into a nice warm package that makes me want to believe the world is a better place.
Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is not living her best life. Her business is failing at the same time that her entire family is falling apart. While working with an IRS auditor, her husband, Waymond Wang (Ke Huy Quan), is briefly possessed by a version of himself from an alternate reality that exposes her to an entire multiverse of potential, full of versions of herself that have experienced all of the possibilities in the universe as she is called upon to fight an evil force rippling through all dimensions.
The plot is a little wonky and the writers are clearly aware that they have a lot of ground to cover. Everything Everywhere All at Once, EEAaO for short, is full of ideas that end up becoming very compressed due to medium. But it works and every moment ends up being packed with a range of emotions.
There are so many things to rave about here. The acting is fantastic. Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis are all a joy to watch and the entire cast rises up to meet their energy. The graphics are light and playful. The martial arts are full of frenetic energy. There simply aren't any weak spots here, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a bright spot.
Of all the great parts of EEAaO, by far the best part is the feels. It uses the entirety of the resources in its toolbox to crack open the audience and show them the interconnectedness of all things.
I walked out of the theater thinking about my relationships. The ways I wanted to connect with others but couldn't. The ways the people I struggle with in my life may be experiencing the same thing. It made me want to be close to the people I love and even forgive the people I'm mad at.
And that's beautiful. I hope you watch it and that it ignites something warm inside of you the same way it did for me.
|Final Verdict:||This one will stick with you for years and is a must watch.|