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Review: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Every once in a while that film comes along that’s defies expectations, changes the genre and literally blows your mind, the last few films of this type are things such as The Matrix and The Raid. Well, it’s time to make a bit more room there as Everything Everywhere All At Once has entered the conversation.

When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Everything Everywhere All At Once starts as innocuous as possible with Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) is struggling to manage her laundrette and has to attend a meeting at the IRS with agent Deidre (Jamie Lee Curtis) with her estranged husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) while dealing with her emotionally wrought daughter Joy, (Stephanie Hsu) and her impending birthday party for her father Gong Gong (James Hong). And that’s when everything kicks off as another Waymond from a alternate universe requires Evelyn’s help to fight a multiversal enemy. From there just let yourself go as trying to keep up with proceedings will have you left in a mire of head scratching, so just enjoy the exesentential ride.

Directors Daniels have put together an incredible soup of, well everything really. It’s funny, it’s crazy, the action is fast and furious and a giant bagel, in this story that boils down to love conquering all. But that’s all you need to know as again with a genre busting movie such as this, the less you know the more you will get out of this insanely metal mind rip of a movie. Sure it’s bat sh*t mental, but that’s its draw, it’s simply an irresistible movie.

The cast are superb from the every dependable Michell Yeoh, who not only kicks butt, but manages to accompany us on this voyage of what the blue cheese is going on with such authenticity that you wonder if she was just reading the script 5 minutes before filming. Ke Huy Quan, yes data of The Goonies (Or Short Round from Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom), looking like a young Jackie Chan and throwing moves like him too simply terrific, keeping the films tempo up and down as required, from the mind blowing action and fight scenes, to slowing it down for some expositionary moments. Then there’s Jamie Lee Curtis who again is amazing as Deidre, the dowdy IRS Agent, who in part triggers all the action that awaits.

All things considered, Everything Everywhere All At Once is a mind bending, genre busting, mad as a box of frogs movie and one that if you can just sit and accept what is going on are in for the ride of 2022.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is in cinemas Nationwide now

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