Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★½

The first half melted my mind.

The second half melted my heart.

The Daniels wisely give the audience what they want before giving them what they need.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is an audiovisual overload in the best way imaginable.

The film crucially lays the groundwork upfront, establishing the characters, their desires and their relationships to each other, breathing in humanity with terrific performances from the three leads: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan. The result is at once specific to the experience of an Asian immigrant family yet feels universal in its complicated interrelationships, ensuring the film is emotionally tethered before taking us on an epic mindwarp as if Charlie Kaufman joined the Rick and Morty writer’s room.

Everything Everywhere All At Once especially reminds me of two films, The Matrix and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for two reasons:

First, because this film feels like it exists somewhere between the two on the sci-fi film spectrum. It channels both the audacious vision and the action-fueled spectacle of the Wachowskis’ groundbreaking film, which birthed a franchise that on the surface seemed to fetishize its style only to then open its beating heart and make grand declarations in the name of love. It embodies the DIY filmmaking of Michel Gondry’s excavation of a relationship. A radical yet literal illustration of Kaufman’s script, opening doors to memories that might as well be from a parallel universe. An exercise that similarly mines the emotional depths of its characters' souls.

Second, because I suspect Everything Everywhere All At Once is another film we will be thinking about and therefore talking about for the rest of our lives. So I guess, unlike the film, I don’t have to attempt to say everything everywhere all at once. For now, I’ll just submit that this seriously wowed me, deeply moved me and somehow lived up to the already astronomical hype.

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