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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The film follows Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh), a depressed laundromat owner, as she discovers the existence of parallel universes as she desperately tries to finish doing her taxes.
It sounds cliché but to me it really is true that some of the best films have you laughing one scene and then crying the next. Everything Everywhere All at Once definitely fits into this category and then some. The story is beautifully told through a narrative that feels like it constantly changing gears as it goes. It could have easily been too much as there's a lot to process at points but the way the exposition is done is really clever and helps build the world in a clear and succinct way.
Admittedly it does have some minor pacing issues, especially towards the end but they don't take much away from how special and unique this film is. Evelyn's arc of understanding that nothing really matters and that she should be there for her family is wonderfully executed and very relatable.
This is easily Michelle Yeoh's finest performance for me as she is a utter joy to watch. Stephanie Hsu almost steals the show with an incredible performance as her daughter Joy. Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tallie Medal and Jenny Slate provide excellent support.
Visually this film is gorgeous (And potentially has more to notice with rewatches). Writer and Directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Along with cinematographer Larkin Seiple) create such interesting and thoughtful frames with the highlight easily being the rock sequence. The action is also so fun to watch.
Final thought: A real gem of a film that I'm still processing. Will definitely be on my top ten films of the year (Maybe even at number one??)