I had been trying to see Everything Everywhere All at Once since its initial release in early March. My want to see it only increased the more I heard from people that were able to see it. I kept track of theaters around me for showtimes but was continually disappointed by the lack of them. The joy that I felt when I saw that a theater close had showtimes for this movie. I had almost resigned myself to having to see it outside of the theater.
Everything Everywhere All at Once was written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert or The Daniels as they’re known as. This was my first time seeing any of the films that that they have made but I have seen some of their music videos. This is an incredibly powerful movie. I don’t want to say too much about the movie because I try to steer clear of spoilers. The one thing I will say is that Everything Everywhere All at Once deals with nihilism and I also think it deals with how to fights against it, which is something powerful with how the world is currently.
The cast is amazing. It stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shrum Jr., James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis. I want to go ahead and say that everyone in the movie puts in fantastic performances. Yeoh, Hsu, and Quan are simply fantastic. All three are the heart of the movie. I wish that it hadn’t taken Michelle Yeoh so long to get a role that allowed her to do all of these things. Stephanie Hsu has a star making performance in her role and her performance stands toe to toe with everyone else in the cast. Ke Huy Quan anchors the main trio with heartbreaking moments of vulnerability, if he doesn’t bring you to tears in those moments you might need to check your pulse. James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis are also a lot of fun. Curtis even gets to channel Michael Myers/The Terminator in a scene, which is a lot of fun.
The first thing I want to mention right here is the fight scenes. They have a mixture of action and comedy that you don’t see much in movies nowadays. They’re helped along by not only the stunt team but also the effects. There are moments where all kinds of different effects are used to their fullest potential. The practical effects are outstanding and the same goes for the CG effects. The combination of practical and CG effects are perfection in utilization. The costume designer did an amazing job, and you really have to see the movie to see how far it was knocked out of the park. The music from Son Lux is amazing. I couldn’t think of music that could fit the movie any better than what is already there.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is a movie that everyone should see because it’s a beautiful movie. I think its some kind of kismet that I’m seeing this so close to the opening of the new Doctor Strange movie. I can only hope that it will be as much as this movie. I think everyone should see it in theaters if at all possible. I give Everything Everywhere All at Once 10 googly eyes out of 10.