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"Everything Everywhere All at Once" Movie Review: An Engaging and Emotional Film

I've been writing on various websites since 2017. Being a film buff, I like to provide thought-provoking analyses on movies and web series.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a mind-blowing blockbuster experience that demands to be seen in a cinema, preferably in IMAX, to get the complete overwhelming and immersive effect. This cerebral science fiction avoids relying on CGI for spectacle, opting instead for stunts, wirework, and action editing.

Do yourself a favor and go see this movie. It's got everything a family drama should have. It's hilarious, tragic, and thoroughly entertaining, and it will make you laugh, cry, and feel great all over by the end.

It's hard to imagine how the director of Everything Everywhere All at Once pulled it off. It's an engaging and emotional story that defies expectations and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I don't want to spoil anything so that's all I'm going to say about the movie!

The Storyline

Michelle Yeoh, who's living a pretty dreary life running a struggling laundromat, can't seem to deal with her always cheerful, but also an ineffective husband (Ke Huy Quan) and her grown daughter, Joy, who is understandably put off by mom's unwillingness to recognize that she's gay.

During a meeting with an IRS agent, Evelyn is pulled into the multiverse and is informed that she is the one person who can stop an agent of chaos that presents a threat to all those living in the multiverse. In addition, when she accesses one of the other universes she will acquire the skills that she had previously developed there, and, considering the threats she faces, it certainly comes in handy.

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the film is reminiscent of The Matrix, but can also become whimsical and thoughtful, when desired.

Overall View of the Film

In short, It is a movie about everything. The writing I present here can never be replicated. Brilliantly encompassing themes of family, kindness, depression, anxiety, potential, regret, forgiveness, love, and the importance of presence.

There is a wide range of subjects covered in this film, so you'll likely take something from it based on your life experiences prior to watching it. This film seems to be about everything, for everyone, all over the world.

Considering that I am this person, having experienced what I have in life, the way this movie touches on depression and anxiety meant a lot to me. However, it seems because of the way it is written, all of its themes are seamlessly connected.

It's not possible to explore depression or anxiety the way the film does without giving due attention to the family dynamics involved, just as they should be given to every beat of the film. It seems as though they have already written the perfect script.

This movie is the perfect manifestation of the expression it's a marathon, not a sprint. It's not flashy; it spends the first two hours steadily developing all of the material just so that it can annihilate you in the last hour. I was so deeply engaged that I was physically stifling my sobs in order to keep from interfering with others' viewing experience. This movie pulls at all of your heartstrings at the perfect moment, but never comes across as manipulative.

Performance

Michelle Yeoh's performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once maybe her best performance to date in a comedic/action film about parallel realities with a lot of humor. Noteworthy aspects of the film include the exceptional contributions of Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Their ability to jump between extremes has made them so versatile, as you're never sure what they're going to do next. Every character really embraces the chaotic situation and gives it his or her all, which is why the whole story ends up working out.

Final Thoughts

The movie's primary objective is to teach its audience how to be better people. In my opinion, it succeeds. Never before have I felt so utterly and totally different before and after seeing a movie. I feel like my life was divided into two separate phases, before and after I experienced Everything Everywhere All at Once.

All I want to say about this film is that it deserves all of your time. To talk about it would simply not do it justice. I advise taking a whole weekend off and doing this for an experience.

© 2022 Yuvaraj Selvakumar