Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

It feels like this movie was made for me. Breathtakingly original and inventive with every single second and frame, Everything Everywhere All at Once breaks down the boundaries of what a movie can be. It breeds the unfamiliar with the familiar, with all of the everyday locations, clothes, and characters placed in direct contrast with Daniel's bonkers, almost psychedelic style that proved to be an audiovisual feast. The masterful editing in particular makes the film breeze by while jumping between all these different universes and somehow still makes everything feel coherent, channeling Inception in its execution. And the action all around is a sight to behold; it's some of the most thrilling and entertaining action I've ever seen.

The performances aid the movie immensely and the casting is spot on. Michelle Yeoh is absolutely amazing, providing realistic depth for a character in her situation. Daniels milk her martial arts prowess whenever they can and its glorious, but Yeoh is at her best when she's a real human being: frustrated, elated, and reflective all at once. Ke Huy Quan (MY FUCKING GUY) is just as good and I loved him so so much. He's frickin hilarious and an absolute badass in an action scene that had me grinning so hard, that it felt like my mouth was going to break. His character is also surprisingly the heart of the whole film with some really emotional scenes that he completely nails. And Stephanie Hsu as the joyless daughter of Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan is a delight to watch, both in her absurdity and her realism.

But even though I love everything in this wonderful film, it's the screenplay that keeps me thinking about Everything Everywhere All at Once. The way it handles the multiversal jargon is smooth and easy to understand, even logical at times. And the specific way that Daniels decides to incorporate the action and other comical or emotional situations with their multiverse is stunningly creative, to the point where some may find it silly and childish. But for me, the philosophical and existential story about generational trauma and how to navigate a cruel and unkind world while staying sane brought all of these wacky and bizarre elements down to Earth. This incredible balance made Everything Everywhere All at Once massively entertaining and equally impactful for me. This isn't just the best movie of the year thus far (it's honestly hard to see any film topping this), but it's one of the best and one of my favorite movies to be released in the past five years. I can't wait to continue watching and loving this for the rest of my life.

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