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Everything Everywhere All at Once Review

Everything Everywhere All at Once really does feel like everything, everywhere, all at once. It’s a masterpiece.

Score 5/5

Directors/Writers Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All at Once is something special. It made me laugh, it made my cry, it made me reflect upon myself, and I can’t stop thinking about it after watching it. It’s one of the best films I have seen this year, and one of the best films I have seen period.

Everything Everywhere All at Once follows Michelle Yeoh’s Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant mother trying her damnedest to keep her family and her family’s business from falling apart. In the start of the film her marriage is crumbling, her relationship with her daughter is strained, her relationship with her father is strained, and her family business is on thin ice with the IRS. It’s a lot for anyone person and just when it seems things can’t get worse, Evelyn learns an insane truth, she alone can save the universe from an impending doom by connecting with other versions of her life throughout the infinite alternate universes.

That last bit threw you for a loop, right? Well, it’s not even close for how wacky this movie gets, and while the film goes to absurd places it never loses that drama. It amplifies it, it dives in headfirst to speak about everything that Evelyn is going through. I don’t want to spoil how off the wall it gets, but it’s a film that oozes in confidence taking you on a ride that will make you feel many feelings and revel in the entertaining action that you have probably never seen before. Did I say action? Yeah, this is just as much of an action movie as it is an adventure, a drama, a comedy. I desperately want to say more about what you are in for, but I don’t want to spoil it. If you are even remotely interested, go in with as little information as possible. You’ll thank me later for that recommendation.

The main cast of this movie are excellent in this story that jumps all over the place. Michelle Yeoh is brilliant, she carries this film with poise through every wacky moment and every heartfelt dramatic beat. Ke Huy Quan plays Evelyn’s husband Waymond Wang with such child-like charm and energy. His positivity radiates even in the darkest moments. Stephanie Hsu rounds out the main trio of the cast playing Evelyn and Waymond’s daughter Joy. She has just as a heavy load to carry in this film as Yeoh does and she nails it. Everyone in the cast buys in to the absurd, to the dramatic, to the journey of this film. Like I said the film is swimming in confidence and you can see it in cast.

This is all wrapped in a production that just goes for it. You see it in the costumes and set design. You hear it in the score and sound. Every element is giving is their A-game. How I want to say more specific things, give you hilarious examples, but I’m resisting. This is a movie that if you generally like movies you have to see this. So don’t wait, find a theater, find a showtime, experience this movie!

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Top Remaining 2022 Movies I’m Excited About

Movies in theaters! After a couple of years of pandemic wild on the movie industry, things appear to be returning to some level of the before times, where we get a lot of movies to watch on a big screen. For me, there is nothing more exciting than seeing a movie on the big screen. That said, I have started to appreciate the straight-to-streaming releases, so I plan on checking out more of those and reviewing some! I’m late to making this list for the start of the year so here’s a quick recap of movies I enjoyed so far this year: The Batman, and Turning Red. You were expecting more? Yeah me too… Let’s move on to the future! Below are the movies that I’m most excited to check out coming this year!

Everything Everywhere All at Once – April 8th

A24 always makes interesting movies and Everything Everywhere All At Once looks to be more than just interesting. A multiverse adventure with comedy and crazy kung-fu action? Yeah that is unique. In just the trailer alone, this movie has a sense of style that most other movies could only dream of. I can’t wait to experience what looks to be a very wacky ride.

The Northman – April 22nd

Robert Eggers, an A24 alum by the way, is a director that is quickly building up a very impressive resume. The Witch and The Lighthouse are both very bold films in their own right and The Northman looks to be carrying the torch in all its brutal Viking glory. The cast is stacked with big names like Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe. This epic can’t come soon enough.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 6th

Eventually, Marvel will stop finding a way to top itself from the last massive spectacle to concur the box office. It’s not happening yet. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness looks bonkers in all the epic ways. It has that MCU overload with the splash of Sam Raimi style and horror that just begs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. I’m ready for the Madness.

Men – May 20th

Alex Garland, like Robert Eggers, has created an impressive resume. Ex Machina, Annihilation, Devs, they are all excellent films (or miniseries in Devs case) that are all worth a watch. These previous efforts have all been in a more heady sci-fi trapping but Men looks to be a pure horror film which makes it all the more intriguing to see what the writer/director has cooked up this time around.

Jurassic World Dominion – June 10th

I’m a Jurassic Park fan. I have enjoyed all of the movies. Are they silly? Of course. Do they make sense? Not at all. Do any match the pure excellence of the original? Nope, and yet I have had a good time throughout them all. These are the dumb popcorn movies before Marvel came and took over churning them out three to four times a year. I’m beyond excited to see more Dinos running around all sorts of new locals in this grand finale of the Jurassic World trilogy.

Nope – July 22nd

Jordan Peele continues his domination of really excellent and unique horror films this summer. Nope looks like it may have an alien abduction angle? If we go by Get Out or Us, it’s probably not that simple but no matter what the mystery is, we are all in for a hell of a time when this one comes to theaters this July.

Bullet Train – July 29th

A stylized action movie with the charming Brad Pitt on a train? Yes, please. Directed by David Leitch, (John Wick, Deadpool 2) along with an absolute banger cast (Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Logan Lerman, Michael Shannon, Karen Fukuhara, and Brian Tyree Henry to name a few) this movie looks like a hilarious and explosive fun time.

Don’t Worry Darling – September 23rd

There’s no trailer as of this post, but Don’t Worry Darling has caught my interest. Directed by the awesome Olivia Wilde (please go watch Booksmart), this movie follows the talented Florence Pugh as Alice, a 1950’s housewife, living in a utopian experimental community whose husband works for a shady company. The premise is interesting, the cast excellent (Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, along with many others), and Olivia Wilde is another one of those directors that keep hitting home runs, trailer or not, this one has my eye for the fall.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Part One – October 7th

Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse was an amazing surprise with many calling it THE Spider-Man movie, and it’s hard to argue. The unique animation styles, the heart-filled story, and excellent comedy. The sequel looks to continue that story and fun twists of animation styles once more, and while I feel there is more to it than that, more of what was already such a special experience is more than enough to get me hyped for what else is in store.

Super Mario Movie – December 21st

Other than the hilariously off-the-wall casting announcement, not much is known about this Mario movie. I’m a huge fan of Nintendo so the kid in me is already on board, but the adult me is well aware of the typical video game movie trend. I’m super curious about what comes from this movie and the casting has only added to my curiosity of what the heck is this movie going to be like. Here’s hoping Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo can finally deliver a movie to break the curse of awful video game movie adaptations.

And there ya go! I had actually even more movies I was pretty intrigued or excited about but these are the top ten for now. It’s great to once again have a bunch of movies to be looking forward to after a rough couple of years. See you at the movies!