Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★

Ever wanted to relate with a wacky sci-fi action flick, on the same level as a classic parent-child family struggle drama???? Well here is the movie for you!

"There is no way I am the Evelyn you are looking for ... Every rejection, every disappointment has led you to this moment. Don't let anything distract you from it."

Much like how Everything Everywhere All at Once is not like your typical movie in the slightest ... my slow segmented experience watching it was also far from ideal. But it did help me gain some perspective on the whole affair.

From the onset, it bugged me that this movie was basically just a silly family centered version of 'The Matrix'. I watched small chunks of it for a couple of nights, but was getting frustrated by how random it seemingly all was. But then I had to go out of town for a few days, so I decided to just start again from the beginning. Which did make a big difference in my appreciation towards Everything Everywhere All at Once.

"Of all the places I could be, I just want to be here with you."

(Quick Hits) ... Spoilers:

- The hype around this film has been overwhelming, and with me coming to it late I had the dilemma of pondering if it was overrated. For a while there I was falling into that camp, until the family dynamic and strong visual style struck me harder as I started it over

- The other aspects this movie soars at include its overall sense of crazy fun, along with all its over the top imaginative elements

- Althought, with as wildly entertaining as the universe jumps are throughout ... the messy nature of the purpose of crossing universes, and how all of that worked seemed to unravel as the film went along

- I am glad I did finally warm to the family dynamic, otherwise I would be even more torn about how to explain why I did not get invested in this super popular movie. On the other side, I do get annoyed by how many anti-comic book movie fans will overly praise a story like this for having that simple but effective emotional family story at its core, compared to movies that just feature your typical band of heroes

- One of the most fascinating parts for me was how they aimed to make us uncomfortable, by some of the most fun means possible. For instance, it gets so distracting when the main character is struggling to get a handle on which reality she is in ... all while they do these strange cringy rituals in order to activate their old school Bluetooth headsets, and use them to leverage skills from other versions of themselves

- It is funny to think that you could likely lift all the crazy multiverse action movie stuff, and still just have this simple family drama. I need to know more about how this ended up coming out so close to Dr. Strange 2

- Did anyone else find it obnoxious how uneven each of the so called chapters was in the narrative?

- How about that force of nature level performance from Jamie Lee Curtis!

- Since 'Ratatouille' is my jam, I suppose I must mention that bizarre reference

- As original as some of the zany stuff got like the hotdog fingers, and entering a reality were they were just rocks. It still bugged me when they leaned into elements that were clearly taken from other films like 'Ready Player One', 'The Matrix', and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

- Were they trying to stack up against those movies, by attempting to out shine them with all their heart power?? That's just the thing, I don't need to find characters super relatable to be compelled by them, and it is fasinating to hear how different kinds of people find certain action movies dull

"You think because l'm kind that it means I'm naive, and maybe I am. It's strategic and necessary. This is how I fight."

- Atleast this movie did do the love conquers all trope much better than 'The Matrix'

- By the end we get that the main struggle here is between the mother and daughter which is obviously what your meant to grasp onto. But it then bugged me that all the multiverse stuff around that relationship just caves in and does not matter by the end

Talking about a movie that has this much stuff jammed into it, and is even called Everything Everywhere All at Once is daunting, so hopefully I was able to convey how this was a very wild and fun film, but for me it was not the landmark movie watching experience it was built up for me as. But I look forward to watching it even more to see if it continues to grow on me.

Thanks for reading.
Happy movie watching ... Skål! 🍻

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