Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Directed by Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Starring Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis


This year’s WTF art movie. But what kind of movie is it supposed to be? Funny? Cool? Interesting? Complicated? Philosophical? Quirky? Inspirational? Romantic? Touching? When it tries to be all at once, it succeeds at nothing. And if every 7 minutes we have another climax with a time-distorted, magical confluence of multiverses, then there’s going to be no dramatic arc. In the end, it’s all a bit too silly for me.

This multiverse stuff has really become popular in recent years. Here, we have a lot of Matrix vibes, with the unassuming Yeoh as “the one” and scenes with instant learning, finding exits, and bullet-stopping. I wonder how much is truly in homage and how much is a cheap rip-off of Matrix themes and scenes.

Yeoh is OK. So nice seeing Quan back. He’s a good actor, and he looks especially dapper in a suit and glasses. Curtis is good as the auditor, but her performance is lost in all the silliness.

Crazy sets and costumes. The whole thing is an acid trip.

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