*No twists spoiled here…
When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
“I wanted to say, in another life, I would have really liked just doing laundry and taxes with you.”
Where you do even hope to start talking about a movie like this. A movie with so much energy, so much, heart, so much creativity that it almost makes you feel hopeful for movies again. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is the first movie I have walked out of in awhile that genuinely had me reeling. The direction, the performances, the score, the genre mixing all leads to a gut punch of an ending that will have you not wanting to leave your seat.
The story is hard to explain even, but basically Michelle Yeoh’s character seems unsatisfied with her life with husband Ke Huy Quan (in his incredible return to cinema), and she is sucked into the multiverse to see what her life could have been like with different choices. We love Marvel, but they have taken 10 years to figure out how to do a Multiverse, and these two dudes named Daniel did it with a shoestring budget and a tiny cast. And they did it making a movie with every genre you can think of. This story has you laughing, it has you crying, it has you scared at points, it has you cheering for incredible action scenes, there is really no emotion that you do not go through during this movie.
Like I said this was made by a small crew on a small budget and the Daniels had their guy Larkin Seiple do the Cinematography with those constraints. He absolutely knocked it out of the park creating John Wick esque action scenes, while also creating all these incredible worlds for the characters to jump to. They also enlisted Son Lux, a band, to do the score and holy hell did they create something special. Since there were so many genres, they had to create numerous different types of music, and they nailed each one. Their score is a big reason why this 2:20 minute movie feels like it breezes by. However, this movie hinges on whether or not all the performances work, so let’s get to the stocks.
Stock Up – Michelle Yeoh
Yeoh is a legend in every sense of the word and it feels like it is time for her to get the Hollywood recognition. I am ready for the Michelle Yeoh Oscar campaign, and what better movie to do it for. She gets to play a ton of different characters and show off everything she can do in her acting arsenal (which is a heck of a lot). This role was made for her and she knocked it out of the park.
Stock Up – Ke Huay Quan
You know the face, you know the voice, but we have not seen him in like 30 years. Short Round, Data, iconic characters he played as a kid, and then the roles dried up. In interviews he has said that seeing CRAZY RICH ASIANS reinvigorated his love for acting, and made him hungry to get a role like this. He comes in and absolutely matches Michelle Yeoh on every level and brings so much love to this entire story it is hard not to smile every time he is on screen. He is saying he is going to call John M. Chu personally if he is not cast in CRAZY RICH ASIANS 2 and I am with him, we riot if he is not in that cast.
Stock Up – Stephanie Hsu
I had seen her in a couple tv projects (MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT) and of course SHANG CHI, but this again was a big breakout for her. She was fantastic and had to play so many different roles that it was just shocking. She is so talented and clearly can do anything she wants after this.
*A couple other tidbits
- Jamie Lee Curtis, what a national treasure this woman is.
- Hot Dog Fingers!
- Racacoonie is one of the funniest bits I have seen in a movie in a long time.
This is easily the best movie that has come out this year so far, and I will be shocked if this is not on my top ten later this year. See this as soon as possible, it will just make you feel better about life.
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