Language : English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Director : Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Writers : Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Cast : Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis
Genre : Action | Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Everything Everywhere All at Once is what happens when arthouse marries commercial cinema and have a baby, and the result is fun, entertaining and insightful. I’m damn sure the creators and actors of this film had great fun making this. I’m here reviewing Everything Everywhere All at Once because it was such a relatable watch. Even though the film is shot in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, it speaks a universal language and we will slowly get invested into the characters. Everything Everywhere All at Once may even be named so because it has Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama and even Romance going on. Almost any genre you can think of is included in this explosive package.
Sci-Fi and Drama could be chosen as the main genres of the film. What personally worked best for me and the soul of the movie is the drama/humane element of the film. The film shows a few worries/concerns we all feel around the world despite the different locations/countries/continents we live in and deals a lot with the various relationship conflicts modern day citizens have with their family. The problem is global as well as local. Times have changed, the world is now heavily influenced by the US and western culture and it’s by default the way we think and how we behave globally. Once upon a time, muscle, brute strength and aggressiveness used to rule the world. However post the world wars, all the countries have switched to strategic corporate-esque rivalry or aggression around the world. Today the biggest battles in the world are fought intellectually, ideologically and sometimes in our homes between parents and the next generation or other family members. This is why the whole world shuns Russia, because it switched back to the aggressive mode of conflict after understanding they were losing the intellectual and ideological battle.
Enough of the Global geo-political commentary and mental masturbation, wait….you actually should love mental masturbation to get the whole movie. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) is not your everyday movie, and is incredibly layered if you wanna go that way but can also be thoroughly enjoyed by a commercial audience. Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis all have pivotal roles and it’s sort of an ensemble even though Michelle Yeoh is the main character and the film revolves around her. The film takes inspiration from The Matrix (1999) and pays tribute to Wong Kar-wai via a scene inspired from In the Mood for Love (2000) and various other movies as fun references which I choose to deliberately not name. The film takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and gives a simple yet life transforming message via the 2 hours of runtime. It’s definitely a fun watch with your family if they aren’t very conservative. The better multiverse film of the year has arrived and the question I want to ask you is, “Are you not entertained?”.
Disclaimer: The film can get a bit complex and a lot of things happen all at once. The pace of the film is quite fast and if you can’t focus fully on the film, I’d suggest grabbing another movie to watch and save you time. Even though it’s pretty much made for everyone in mind (commercial+arthouse elements that preserve the magic of films via emotions), there are chances you won’t get it or enjoy it and that’s okay.
Verdict: 5/7 stars
To keep plot details under wraps before the trailer was released, the official IMDb synopsis read “a woman tries to do her taxes”.
All the VFX for this film was done by 9 people, including the two directors, with the majority of the shots being done by a core group of 5 people. None of the VFX team went to school for VFX. They were all friends who taught themselves with tutorials they found online for free.
Ke Huy Quan’s first major role in 20 years.
In an unusual move, the majority of the film’s scenes were shot at a high frame rate. This was done to give the editors the flexibility to put different parts into slow motion that weren’t originally planned to be.
The name ‘Jobu Tupaki’ in Telugu language translates to ‘Pocket Gun’.