Everything Everywhere All At Once

a24/139 mins.

Ronan Moore

If you want to read a quick review: it’s as good as everyone says it is.

I got the privilege to see this alongside my fellow filmmakers at UNCSA, and both times I saw it, they talked about how evident it was that Daniels (the directing duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) absolutely love making movies. They’re not selective, they’re not picky; they love everything about making and watching all different kinds of movies. The brand of these particular directors can be off-putting for some, as they veer in the direction of very silly and zany setups before revealing the true heart underneath. I strongly hope to see more from them after this, but they made Everything Everywhere All At Once like it was the last film they were ever going to make, and you can tell in the best possible way.

The films follows Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh), an older woman who runs a laudromat with her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan). Evelyn finds herself rather displeased with her life, with a daughter (Stephanie Hsu) who never calls and endless taxes to hash out. On the day she goes to visit the IRS in hopes to resolve things with the inspector (Jamie Lee Curtis), she’s swept up into an incredible adventure across the infinite multiverse, tasked with stopping the nefarious Jobu Tupaki, who’s closer to Evelyn than Evelyn may realize.

I find the best way to describe films from Daniels is to take two elements that you wouldn’t believe are from the same film. In this film, you will find Michelle Yeoh fighting two men in order to prevent either from inserting a buttplug, and in the same runtime, you will find Michelle Yeoh convincing someone why it’s worth it to live your life regardless of how small you may feel when existence is so big. It’s ridiculous and it’s tender. It’s insanity and it’s loving. I have seen many brazen souls shed a tear at this incredible feat of filmmaking. Believe it or not, this is a stroke of googly-eyed genius.

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