Movie Review – Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Everything Everywhere All at Once has to be seen to be believed. And once you see it you won’t believe it.

Vera and I both had high expectations going in and neither of us was disappointed. Overall, the story was… Ummmm… Creative is a word for it. Bizzare, inexplicable, and ludicrous are also fair descriptions, but also touching and profound on many levels.

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The action was fun and fresh, and sometimes fresh in hilarious ways. In fact, the movie overall was much funnier than I expected. The entire audience laughed out loud many times.

The acting was fantastic. Michelle Yeoh of course should deservedly get the most credit, but there wasn’t a weak link in the cast. Everyone, from James Hong to Jamie Lee Curtis was amazing in their roles. And when I say roles you have to remember that every character is multiple people, as are we all.

At the very end of the movie the title Everything Everywhere All at Once along with the Mandarin characters: 天马行空. My wife Vera, who grew up in China, informed me that the literal translation of those characters means something like, “When you see a horse flying then anything is possible,” which is exactly like Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: This movie was crazy-hard to find Peetimes for. You’ll understand when you see it. I think the first Peetime is pretty good because it’s all one long action scene. My wife and I both independently picked the second Peetime, so we recommend that one.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Everything Everywhere All at Once.

The video interview below with the directors and special effects supervisor is really interesting. I don’t think it gives anything away about the plot. Certainly doesn’t show as much as the trailer does. And knowing how they shot the effects might make the movie more interesting when you watch it. And I’m blown away that 500 scenes with special effects were done by just five people.

Rated: (R) Language | Some Violence | Sexual Material
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, Jenny Slate, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis
Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Writer(s): Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Country: United States

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.

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  • jmichael2497

    I got to see a promo screening a couple weeks ago, joined by my bff, and it was such a fun movie, packed theatre lolz at some of the wtfery shenanigans on screen, great action sequences and family feelz (though definitely teen+).

    I want everyone to see Everything Everywhere All At Once, but avoid the trailer, because yes, visual fx spoilers.

    This is a new favorite for me, with elements of some prior favorites I would also recommend, but not going to say why, and listing in release order, to avoid spoilers: Donnie Darko directors cut, Matrix, Mirror Mask, John Dies At The End.

    Thank you for translation note about end tile, I’ll have to share that with my bff.

  • jmichael2497

    Oh also I didn’t realize the costar husband was played by the former kid from Indiana Jones and Goonies, just finished listening to interview on NPR, glad they went out of their way to get him back into films, hard for minorities to get anything other than typecast for too many decades.

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    NO WAY. I thought he looked familiar! That’s so cool.

    Agreed, this is a really great family movie, but teen+ for sure. I think that fight with the anal plugs pretty much closed the door on showing this to youngsters.

  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    So is this more of a multiverse situation, a groundhog series of loops, or warping realities?

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    Definitely a multiverse situation.

  • Terri

    I bought the Infinity Coin for the pee times. I come here for the RunPee Movie Reviews!!

    Wowwww. What a movie – and I NEVER would have given it a shot if not for the review here.
    It was the most random, bizarre, absurdly entertaining movie that was a solid 30+ minutes (aka 2-3 bagels) longer than necessary. Because of that, it wasn’t an A for me (more of a B, B-), The visuals were OMG. And Jamie Lee Curtis? A solid OMWord!

    I’m glad I caught this one!

  • Terri

    Thanks, Dan! I actually read it before you sent this reply.

    The recap of the poll results is so interesting to me. As one who falls into that (OMG) 60+ group of females, I wonder if others in my demographic didn’t feel the same as I did: it wasn’t the parent-child struggle; the movie just ran longer than necessary for me. That’s it. Not the storyline or ultimate conclusion. The repetition in the last 35 minutes.
    I guess young folks enjoy movies that are 2+/3 hours long more than Boomers do.

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    That could be it. I’m probably overthinking it. I have a tendency to do that. 🙂

    That brings up a good point. I can do a breakdown of Peeple’s Poll results by movie runtime and see if there’s a correlation between runtime and rating and gender/age. Thanks for the idea.

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