Review of “Everything, everywhere, all at once”: a genre-breaking film


(Front axle) — Entering the theatre, I didn’t know what to expect Everything everywhere all at once. I ended up walking out of the theater after seeing one of my favorite movies in years. A difficult film to get right, but an enjoyable ride of exciting, humorous, emotional, moving and creative storytelling. This non-stop ride is one of the most fun I’ve had in theaters; a film that I would consider a theatrical event.

Everything everywhere all at once is extremely crazy, and I mean that in a good way. What appears to be simple drama at first turns into a dime in an instant as you are thrust into this story’s hero, Evelyn, on a multiversal ride. A ride that takes you through countless worlds where different events, skills, and even personalities live as we walk through hundreds of them with Evelyn. Each world is familiar but different in big and small ways, including some very absurd ones.

The film jumps between these worlds, becoming an exciting action movie that won’t stop. Giving us brilliant exposition and action scenes as this movie set up the remaining acts. This thrilling first act lets directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schinert (commonly referred to as the Daniels) have some fun and unleash some wildly creative action scenes. Scenes that allow Michelle Yeoh to show off her incredible talents (not the only talents she shows in this film) as Evelyn.

These crazy action scenes also show a long-forgotten star, Ke Huy Quan, better known as the Short Round of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and data from The Goonies. An actor who had a gap of nearly 20 years between making films as an actor. This film is Quan’s second in his second stint as an actor and it does not disappoint as Raymond. With a background as a stunt choreographer, his early action scenes are one of the most impressive in the entire film. Aside from the action, Quan’s character plays an important role in the film and he is brilliantly portrayed by the 50-year-old Vietnamese actor.

Throwback to Yeoh who has already had stellar performances in the past shows why she is one of the best at her craft. The range she exhibited as part of the two-plus hour film is a rarity, especially at the level she played. From comedy to drama to action, Yeoh’s range and abilities are absolutely brilliant and certainly award-winning.

We must mention how beautiful and visually stunning this film is despite a modest budget of $25 million. In an interview with WIRED, visual effects artist Zak Stoltz said the film featured over 500 visual effects shots, but was only made by five artists. For a movie over two hours and as visually stunning and creative as Everything everywhere all at once, it’s a brilliant feat from the visual effects team. Effects that show us multiple Evelyns in a multitude of worlds, costumes, and actions done by guys using just After Effects and simple editing techniques. An independent film with a big budget feel.

The story of Everything everywhere all at once is the one that will take you on an extremely fun journey. One that begins with action, transitions into an emotional journey that culminates in a comforting and enjoyable ending that brings your experience to what I describe as a positive life and relationship retrospective. The one that puts a smile on your face and feels those positive vibes that everyone is looking for. While Everything everywhere all at once is a bit long with a weird pacing, it’s the only flaw of an almost flawless movie that has my pick as my favorite movie of 2022 so far.

Everything everywhere all at once is now in theaters.


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