Everything Everywhere All at Once: Movie Review

Everything Everywhere All at Once Movie Review: The Better (and Best) Multiverse of Madness

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Once every few years, there will be films that truly shake the very cores of the film industry. Films that stand out and prove that there's more creativity left even though it seems that most releases are formulaic in nature. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" by the Daniels duo is one such film experience. We were already hyped coming into this film and yet we left stunned. We've never been so surprised, so shocked, and had so much fun in years.

Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) and their laundromat is being audited by the IRS. And this is only the start of her problems. She's never been accepted by her father, hated by her daughter, and secretly being divorced by her husband. Before her life completely unravels, she discovers that there is a multiverse and that you can tap into other versions of yourself and absorb their talents temporarily. This discovery though has a deadly catch as she must now stop a mysterious entity that's not only out to get her for some reason but it wants to destroy the multiverse for good.  

There's a scene in the film wherein the lead character discovers that she's probably the worst version of herself in the multiverse. This may be true for her but luckily, the version of "Everything Everywhere All at Once" that we got in our universe turns out to be the best one (or one of the bests at least). As the film progressed through its 140 minute runtime, things just got more absurd but in a fantastic way. You'll never really guess what you're going to see and what you're going to get and that's what makes this awesome. At the center of this multiverse of madness are the directors and writers of the film known as Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) who was not afraid to show what they wanted to show. There are films that are safe and we never got this feeling from this film. Its comedy was absurd but it was the kind of comedy that stuck and had us laughing out loud with its audacity and freshness.

Of course, this film wasn't all about its gutsy comedy. It still had to tie up its story well and we'll have to admit it wasn't perfect but it was pretty much close to perfection still. We really didn't understand how the chapters worked and the villain was obvious from the get-go but these were nitpicks that didn't really impact our experience at all. On the acting department, the film also didn't disappoint. both Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan stole the show. These actors were at their finest forms may it be with the epic action sequences or showing their intimate love for each other's characters. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" was a monumental feat for Daniels. Its content was insane and yet these all tied up well to make a film that was as mad as it was nuanced and complete.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- a completely insane yet nuanced film experience
- outstanding performances from Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- things get kinda convoluted and complicated
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