Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

I've had a pretty awful week. I broke up with my partner because I was tired of being treated poorly. I spent the days after trying to convince myself that it's not selfish to do something for yourself when you're being mistreated. I've been in a rough place and somehow this movie came out of nowhere to be exactly what I needed when I needed it.

I never thought in a million years that an American-made movie starring Michelle Yeoh in her late 50s would be the highlight of an already incredible career, but here we are. Even moreso, I didn't expect such an incredible return of Ke Huy Quan, now an adult and delivering an incredible performance as the emotional core of this movie.

I don't need to talk about the contents of this movie. I need only to say that as the title implies, it truly is everything. It's weird. It's funny. It's sweet. It's tear-jerking. It's naughty. It's confused. It's beautiful. Never has a movie so perfectly encapsulated the importance of absurdity, almost an exact inverse of the mission statement of Rubber. Once you realize how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things, it makes absolutely everything in your life feel more significant than ever.

I was shocked when the credits rolled to see the Russo brothers as producers. This is a strong reminder that whether you like the Marvel machine or not, it's important to have those mega-budget studio pics so that people like that can then use their money to produce the most daring and original work that nobody else would ever consider making.

It's weird that a movie ostensibly about infinite possibilities managed to almost word-for-word replicate conversations I'd had within this very week. It's weird that a movie with butt plug jokes and hot dog fingers made me openly weep. It's weird. It's just weird. And a love that.

The idea of infinite possible universes means that there must be the idea of a universe wherein movies don't exist. By that notion, there would be at least one universe where this movie doesn't exist, and that's not a universe I'd ever want to inhabit, because this is one of the most transcendent, beautiful, special things to ever happen to cinema, at a time when the industry is constantly being derided for unoriginality. And it came from the guys who made the farting corpse movie.

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