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You owe it to yourself to see Everything Everywhere All at Once

You owe it to yourself to see Everything Everywhere All at Once

Daniels delivers a masterpiece of a movie anchored by some powerful performances.

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It’s rare that I feel like I’m at a loss for words when reviewing a movie, but Everything Everywhere All at Once has me at that point. So, I’ll just start with the basics and go from there. This movie was directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinertand stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu. It was distributed by A24!

Michelle Yeoh’s Evelyn Wang is an Asian-American immigrant that’s down on her luck. She’s on the brink of losing her family business, her marriage is falling apart, and her relationship with her daughter is turning sour. It’s when she’s at her lowest point that Evelyn discovers the existence of the multiverse, a seemingly endless number of parallel universes and with it, an equal number of versions of herself. She’s then called on to help stop a powerful force from bringing an end to all universes.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once delivers just about everything I could want from a movie on a masterful level. There’s great action sequences, with some dope martial arts choreography mixed in between the film’s quieter moments. The performances are great, as Michelle Yeoh knocks it out of the park playing multiple versions of the same character. Ke Huy Quan, who hadn’t appeared in a movie since the early 90s, steals half of the scenes he appears in, putting everything he’s got into every second he spends on-screen.

Most importantly, Everything Everywhere All at Once packs an emotional punch. Its themes of nihilism and the meaning of life gave me a surreal experience in the movie theater. It’s one of those movies that makes you take a step back and question what you value in life and how you treat your loved ones. I left the theater with a greater appreciation for the world around me.

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With how jam-packed EEAAO is with deep themes and messages, it’s also funny as hell. Whether it's people with hot dogs for fingers or a racoon-based riff on the Ratatouille movie, there’s plenty of laughs to be had. This one really does put you through the full spectrum of emotions.

If you’re looking for something interesting to watch, and feel comfortable going to the theater, you owe it to yourself to see Everything Everywhere All at Once. It’s my favorite movie of 2022 up to this point, and it’ll be hard to top. An original, non-franchise flick that will undoubtedly be revered as a modern classic a decade from now.

Pros

Powerful performances

Emotionally moving narrative

Beautiful visuals

Masterfully edited

Endlessly rewatchable

Cons
From The Chatty
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    April 19, 2022 3:24 PM

    You owe it to yourself to see Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Read more: You owe it to yourself to see Everything Everywhere All at Once

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      April 19, 2022 3:29 PM

      Everything Everywhere All At Once’s Michelle Yeoh Kicks Ass IRL | Ext. Interview | DESUS & MERO
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_WDjqR7fVM

      I still need to see the movie.

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      April 19, 2022 5:02 PM

      This is Michelle Yeoh's legacy maker.

      This is Sci fi, drama, comedy, wuxia wrapped into one.

      This is the best thing I've seen in a long time and I have to rearrange my top 10 movies of all time list to make room for it.

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        April 19, 2022 5:09 PM

        It sounds cool and hope it lives up to the hype but I really just don't want to see it at the movie theatre. 🙃

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          April 19, 2022 5:14 PM

          I couldn't hype it up more. I've literally offered my friends double the price of the ticket if they watched it and hated it.

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          April 19, 2022 8:27 PM

          If there's any recent movie that's demanded being seen in the theater its this one and West Side Story.

          Don't fuck up like most people did with WSS and wait for it on streaming and then be like "oh shit why didn't I see this on the big screen?"

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        April 19, 2022 5:31 PM

        I liked it a lot, perhaps not that much, but really just happy that someone as awesome as her got to lead a bonkers movie like this. That alone gave me a giant grin the whole time.

        She was great. Everyone was great. It was wild and I will definitely watch it again at home.

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        April 19, 2022 8:35 PM

        Also Ke Huy Quan, he's fucking incredible and is just as essential to its success as Yeoh.

        Barry Jenkins kind of blew my mind with this observation re: one of Quan's three characters, that his Tony Leung/Wong Kar Wai character represents a multiverse reality where people like him could have had the parts that Brad Pitt or George Clooney made careers out of if our reality gave them those opportunities.

        https://www.twitter.com/BarryJenkins/status/1511115271091601409

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          April 19, 2022 8:45 PM

          I guess you don't need to be Asian to get that that was a very obvious reference to him being a Tony Leung type of person.

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            April 19, 2022 9:08 PM

            That's not what Jenkins is saying, its that this sort of role would have been a possible career path for Quan if Hollywood didn't completely deny that to Asians

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      April 19, 2022 5:16 PM

      Read the shackhype, said heck with covid, going tomorrow. I’ll be n95 (duckbill - so comfy and easy to breathe through) but also fearlessly tackling popcorn. Early show will hopefully be empty.

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        April 19, 2022 9:44 PM

        It's good. I hope you enjoy it.

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      April 19, 2022 8:29 PM

      Walter Chaw's review of EEAAO is an essential companion to the movie: https://www.filmfreakcentral.net/ffc/2022/03/everything-everywhere-all-at-once-1.html

      Definitely read this once you've seen the movie. I'm friendly acquaintances w Daniel Kwan and I told him it needs to be included with whatever fancy Blu Ray package hopefully gets made.

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      April 19, 2022 8:35 PM

      Oh great Pharaoh721 liked it and so now I have to get popcorn :/

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      April 19, 2022 8:38 PM

      I wanna see it with an empty theater so i think i'm gonna wait till it's almost out maybe

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      April 19, 2022 10:46 PM

      Movie is legit amazing. I'm really looking forward to watching it with my wife when it comes out on video. So creative, so funny, so unique.

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      April 20, 2022 6:36 AM

      Looking forward to seeing it with friends in the theater for a fun time but more excited for it to get a Blu Ray release to really appreciate the AV

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