Sabine Munroe’s review published on Letterboxd:
hey evelyn! bagel!
Godddd I’m really trying here and this is legitimately compelling for the first stretch. All the performances are good and the fights are at least decently executed. But I’m sorry, all the wacky-for-the-sake-of-wackiness multiverse bullshit kills the back half of this movie stone dead. There’s just so much going on, I can’t track cause and effect, and in the midst of all the Everything Bagels and raccoons and hot dog fingers, I lose all track of the character arcs, and everything starts feeling unearned. I just can’t get into it.
This section edited in a couple hours later.
Just realized one of the big philosophical centrepieces of the movie is lifted from Men in Black of all things.
To quote Kay: “1500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the centre of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew the world was flat. 15 minutes ago, you knew humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”
Now let’s look at Joy’s speech during the rock scene: “For most of our history, we knew the Earth was the center of the universe. We killed and tortured people for saying otherwise. That is, until we discovered the Earth is actually revolving around the Sun, which is just one sun out of trillions of suns. And now look at us, trying to deal with the fact that all of that exists inside of one universe out of who knows how many. Every new discovery is just a reminder-“ “We’re all small and stupid.” “And who knows what great discovery is coming next… to make us feel like even smaller pieces of shit.”
Not only is it not any more original, it’s nearly triple the words to get to a less impactful point. The whole movie is like this.