Everything Everywhere All at Once
Six years after their first collaborative feature Swiss Army Man, the writing-directing duo known as the Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) reunite with Everything Everywhere All at Once. Kinetic, sprawling, this raucous, delirious rollercoaster ride of a film pushes the boundaries of cinematic storytelling.
Michelle Yeoh is Evelyn Wang, is the harried owner of a laundromat that is in the midst of a financial crisis. Her relationships with her family have taken a back seat to these urgent responsibilities and stressors, with her husband, Waymond (Ke Huy Quan), has become more like a befuddled co-workerthan a long-time romantic partner. Likewise, Evelyn's daughter, twentysomething Joy (who is navigating coming out to her parents) has long felt ignored within the family orbit. Only Evelyn's aging and disapproving father, Gong Gong (James Hong), gets much of attention. The moment that she learns the business is about to audited by the IRS, Evelyn also discovers that she alone now has to save the world from impending doom by navigating through multiverses she never knew existed.
With its frenetic editing, virtuosic camera work, shape-shifting places and people, there are times where Everything Everywhere All At Once feels like an attack on the senses. But there's a joy too in never knowing where this film will take you. In this multiverse fanny packs, tubes of ChapStick, and self-induced paper cuts are no longer the humdrum ephemera of every day but a portal into the chimericand otherworldly. Alongside the extremely silly, the Daniels' serious love of cinema shines through with nods to Wong Kar-wai, the Wachowskis, and Michel Gondry. And, what a cast! Charming Quan (former child actor best known for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies who returns to acting for the first time in 20 years), pitch perfect Jamie Lee Curtis as the IRS office drone/villain, and 95 year old James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China) - everyone seems to be having the time of their lives. And of course, at its heart this film is a wonderful celebration of the luminous, graceful Michelle Yeoh.
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