It is easy to classify the most awarded film of all time, Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) as a parallel universe, science fiction comedy. To me, it was a family drama presented in the most unconventional fashion. It is about the complex relationship of unconditional love and also anger, a mother and daughter share between them. The first half-an-hour of the film felt absurd to me, but once I got the hang of it, it was clear why moviegoers around the world cherish this film. Mangoidiots feels honoured to give this one a delicious.
For a science fiction about alternate universes, you can’t have a more mundane setting than the most dreadful place: the tax office (IRS). Yet, with that building as the backdrop, directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert create magical worlds for us. The lead pair, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, gave tour-de-force performances. It was unbelievable the number of characters Yeoh played in this film, each one with elegance and perfection. To put together a film where every other frame is in a different universe, yet the movements flow from one to another, is no mean feat. Paul Rogers has done a phenomenal job with the editing.
As a sci-fi fan, I found the technology for multiverse jumping and navigating to be silly, but that was the point of the movie. It is the human emotion and relationship that are important and not the tech. In today’s crowded world of influencers if you want to stand out you need to exaggerate your presentation and that’s what the screenplay does by its out-of-the-world imagination and succeeds in that.
Overall, a brilliant film that you shouldn’t miss, you will be rewarded with a movie experience like none other.
Footnote: The film’s decade-long gestation period is evident in its meticulous craftsmanship and boundless imagination.