Everything Everywhere All at Once Review

Of the two multiverse-oriented films released this year, one was always going to trump the other. A colourful blur of peeking behind the curtain at a life lived differently, or slop produced by a machine and fired into the faces of a massive demographic. One will survive on cheap spectacle, and the other will do the same but with heart and soul to tape together a relatively overpopulated science-fiction sub-category that has seen a boom since Rick and Morty did it to varying degrees of humour. Thankfully Everything Everywhere All at Once relies on an incredible cast, a variety of smart, memorable moments and even a degree of sympathy for those who cannot keep up with vibrant creativity.

There is plenty to be lost in, but little to be confused by. Everything Everywhere All at Once has the benefit of being an incredibly layered film that relies just as much on its performances and dialogue as it does on pacing. Little notes make all the difference, it is the simplicity that makes this Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan feature so grand. Their ever-brooding soundtrack is amplified as more than a needle-scratch piece of indifference but supremely welcome addition to the madness of a family trying to survive in a business that features within it indifference and some level of rage. There is little living in a life lingering on the precipice of mundanity and collapse. This Kwan and Scheinert feature amplifies that and welcomes it with strong and impressive performances.

Whether it is the natural charm of Ke Huy Quan, whose career reappraisal was a long time coming after his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies, or the tremendous leading effort of Michelle Yeoh, who catches a break that was a long time coming. James Hong makes for a warm supporting performance, more through the delight of seeing a legend on screen than any of the smashing lines he is gifted. Jamie Lee Curtis makes for a great story ballast too. Everything Everywhere All at Once has the benefit of not just being true to its title, but knowing what to do and how to adapt to that blend of sincere entertainment and artistic comprehension. It is the lightning in a bottle so many will aim for, but so few will succeed with. There are still moments that feel they could be improved upon, but it is hard to pick out those smaller details when the charm exudes from the screen rather frequently.

There is still that infectious A24 systematic drama, which will work for some but not for all. It is reliant on creative moments and the usual stylish movements of such a series, although thankfully the highs outweigh the lows. An entire generational gap explained is equally rewarding as it is simple. But simplicity can be rewarding, and considering how grand a story Everything Everywhere All at Once is attempting to tell, its camera framing and intensity make the complex feel simple. It is astoundingly good. More than making up for the slow and empty start Swiss Army Man set this directing duo off on, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a crucially fun blend of good humour, great direction and interesting story mechanics explained well and compiled strongly.

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