“An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.” -IMDB
Hi. I know you’re annoyed by being told what to watch. I, myself, probably have a list of 500 movie and 250 TV shows that remain eternally on my “to do” list. It’s too much. Everyone thinks that the show they just watched is the one you need to watch right. this. second. It’s tough. It’s privileged, but it’s tough.
Well I don’t mean to add another one to your list, but I can promise you that if you watch Everything Everywhere All At Once (“EEAAO”), you won’t regret it. Let me clarify…
EEAAO follows Evelyn, a woman who feels like she’s drowning in her own failures and dissatisfaction, as she is suddenly thrust into a cosmos-saving mission involving alternate universes and alternate Evelyns.
Now, I’m going to say the thing you’re not supposed to say in movie reviews…wait for it…
I laughed. I cried. I was on the edge of my seat.
But, it’s true! This movie is absolutely laugh out loud hysterical, yet it also touches on so many incredibly poignant, real-life issues, including but not limited to: womanhood, motherhood, LGBTQ, immigration, racism, marriage, aging. And the storyline moves at the perfect pace to keep you invested, yet also riveted to what is going to happen next (which you can never guess, as the film establishes early on).
On the more nerdy side of things, this film also does such a beautiful job at blending cinematic nostalgia with modern sensibilities. Even if you are not a major film buff, you can recognize the nods this film makes to sci-fi, action, martial art, and dystopian classics. Yet, it feels fresh and new and exciting and unlike anything I’ve seen in recent years. It’s my favorite film since JoJo Rabbit and I cannot wait to see it again.
P.S. Someone please give Michelle Yeoh all of the awards. Not only was she a powerhouse in the film, but she was also an executive producer. If she isn’t nominated for at least one Academy Award next year, then you’ll see me on the news picketing outside of the Dolby Theater next year.
Rating: 10 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Streaming: In Theaters
With: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong
Directed By: Dan Kwan, Daniel Schneinert