Thursday, April 27, 2023

Everything Everywhere All at Once: much ado about nothing


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.

My thoughts:

The very title of the movie is an exhausting tongue-twister.  The core message of the movie did not warrant over 2 hours of heavy-handed special effects, stunts and repetitive jokes. What is the core message? Be kind. Westernize. Adjust your expectations. Unless I missed some deeper meaning. Yes, the production is impressive. It feels like a big gaudy costume on a tiny frame. It's a case of the outfit overpowering and burying the wearer. Too much frosting on the cake. Too much sauce on the main course. After 40 minutes you will catch yourself checking the clock, wondering how many more times the same joke will be told. The choppy editing is intended for viewers who play video games and are desensitized to more natural color pallets and slow, continuous shots. Prepare for a sensory attack. If you are prone to migraines or seizures, don't watch it all at once. For a more nuanced portrayal of Asian angst, watch "Parasite" instead. 

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