Dom Holder’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'd heard the hype but very little else, I knew nothing of the plot other than it was a fantastical multi-verse film (which seems to be all the rage these days). I knew Michelle Yeoh was in it and I was more than a tad curious to see how Ke Huy Quan, a big part of my Cinematic childhood, got on.
The hype had led to almost universally positive reviews, which was my only concern going in, would I be disappointed? The answer is a resounding NO, I loved it.
Most of the people I admire on Letterboxd are those who seem to express joy and excitement in pretty much every film they watch. I for one, see each film as a piece of magic, that is there to service my wellbeing. Cinema is my happy place, Cinema is reliable when all else feels lost, however above all that, Cinema is my go-to for entertainment, why do we watch films if not to be entertained? Yes, some like the challenge that Cinema can often throw at us, and others marvel at the precision of the art form that can often be displayed. Still, I would hazard a guess that most people's favourite film (not necessarily what they consider the best) will be one that generally makes them happy.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is probably the most fun I have had in the Cinema since Endgame. Yes, I have probably seen better-made films, but from a spectacle point of view, I'm struggling to think of a movie that I've seen on the big screen that has made me smile as much in the past couple of years.
It is at times breathless, really funny and has enough emotional beats to keep those cinema goers who like the lump in the throat experience happy. Michelle Yeoh has always been a phenomenal screen presence, but this is a proper star vehicle for her and she rises to the challenge as the seasoned professional that she is, and returning to the humour for a moment, who knew she could be this funny. She is ably supported by a terrific Stephanie Hsu who plays the duplicitous character of Joy Wang/Jobu Tupaki, with marvellous relish.
As for Ke Huy Quan, who has spent the best part of the last 3 decades working as a stunt coordinator, it was wonderful to see him back on screen, and not looking out of place. His athleticism and comic timing were superb, and I swear I even heard a little nod to Short Round with a "Haha very funny" woven into the audio.
The possibility of the concept of a Multi-verse is very popular at the moment, I haven't as yet seen Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but Everything Everywhere All at Once is a dizzying film that Dr Strange will have to go some to match. This film felt at times like more of a live-action version of Into the Spider-Verse than say No Way Home did, the action and effects were brilliantly constructed and I didn't find the storyline too convoluted, I thought it was pitched just right.
If I was being picky, I could state that the last 20 mins seems to lose a bit of its oomph, but quite frankly after the relentless 2 hours that preceded it, I needed a bit of a rest.
I don't know if this will turn into a franchise or not, there is part of me that hopes not, as its legacy will surely be more secured as a fantastic stand-alone film. This is just wonderful cinema, and I reckon every time I see two random rocks, I will pop over and say hello.