REVIEW | Everything Everywhere All At Once
[Guest Review by Joseph the Movie Reviewer]
PREMISE: A Chinese immigrant discovers that she must connect with parallel universe versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from causing the destruction of the multiverse.
It may be a high-concept film about parallel universes, but Everything Everywhere All At Once is, at its core, a story about a woman mending her relationship with her family. The greatest strength of the film is the usage of the multiverse concept as a supplementary to the underlying conflicts surrounding the Wang family.
The filmmakers originally wanted Jackie Chan for the lead role. Imagining what could have been would be a disservice to the phenomenal performance of lead star Michelle Yeoh. This is her best performance so far.
After a twenty-year sabbatical, actor Ke Huy Quan returns to the big screen. If this film is a sign of things to come, I am ecstatic to see more of his future performances. The Indiana Jones and Goonies star has another memorable performance in his Hollywood career.
The final act of the film is the accumulation of all the emotional stakes and multiple universes we saw as the story went on. I cried like I never cried before. No film has ever stabbed me in the heart as deeply as this film did.
The fight choreography crafted by Andy Le, Brian Le, and Daniel Mah (YouTube: MartialClub) pays homage to 80s Hong Kong action movies but is given a modern flare. It is fun seeing their brand of action on the big screen. With this film and 2021 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on their resume, I am excited to see what lies ahead for the team.
However, I think it is important to warn potential viewers that certain scenes may cause seizures in moviegoers affected by photosensitive epilepsy.
"Everything Everywhere All At Once" is currently playing in Power Plant Mall - Makati and Cinema '76 - Anonas, Quezon City.