Saturday, February 4, 2023

Two Paragraph Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

From time to time, humanity is blessed with a film that comes along and pushes everything forward. Se7en is such a film and The White Ribbon is another. Recently, we got the most recent addition to this most exclusive list of filmmaking with  Everything Everywhere All at Once. While two Daniels, the pair of directors behind this film, are no strangers to thinking out of the box, this time around their thinking created a masterpiece.

Blended as a blockbuster avant-garde movie, the plot of the film sets its main character, a middle-aged US-Chinese woman on a quest to save not just our universe, but the multiverse as well. Through a range of techniques and filming approaches, the tale evolves into a social examination of family and identity, but also a flashy, over-the-top, kung fu personal tale of love and acceptance. All of this takes place in a single unified artistic vision, which has to move you deeply, even if you end up not liking it at all. In short, it is easily the best high-budget film for me in the last couple of years.