Katalas’s review published on Letterboxd:
Waymond Wang: 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.
天马行空 (tianma xingkong): a powerful and unconstrained style
Everything Every Where All at Once (or EEWAO) is a wild wild ride. A wacky, messy, yet incredible adventure with a touche of humour and absurdism.
We've seen what a multiverse can bring on the big screen, especially right now and we'll experience it again for a couple of year still. But EEWAO has the “audacity” to not take it seriously and just screwing around with the concept of parallel worlds. As soon as I heard the Looney Toons sounds in some of the scenes, I knew that the ride I was in would be goofy one, in a very positive way.
It's hilarious. Even the repetitive jokes like Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) having a hard time to memorize the antagonist's name, Jobu Tupaki (Stephanie Hsu), or that “Racaccoonie” bit made me laugh real hard. But the best part of EEWAO, really, is Ke Huy Quan. That guy is amazing. He's got a ton a performances, from various genres, and he nails it all. It's pretty nice action-wise, though surprisingly it's far from the best. The comic parts of it is what makes it great.
And yet, EEWAO isn't all that fun if you go deep into its meaning. The very core of the film is to tell us that, in the end, we're “little pieces of shits” and meaningless, floating in a giant ghetto that is Earth, lost in a Universe, and every time we make a huge discovery, it only reminds us how little we are. It's pretty much Albert Camus' absurdism. Nothing has really a meaning, and everything we do is insignificant and senseless.
But at least, the film remains way more positive about that absurd. We may be little, yes, and we may end up doing things we hate (and pay taxes), and maybe we didn't pursue our own inspirations and dreams. But all of that doesn't matter. What is, though, is family, your loved ones, and the moments where you find joy, if only for a moment. There's no point in envying what you could have been in another life, because you only get the one life you're in.
EEWAO is an absurd movie, so don't even think too much and enjoy the ride with fun!