Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Last Friday when Sharon was in Las Vegas, I watched Everything Everywhere All At Once. The movie is on a number of lists as a potential 2023 Oscar nominee. Several of the actors are also being talked about for Oscar nominations.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is an absurdist comedy-drama film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and produced by the Russo brothers. The film has been described by The New York Times as a "swirl of genre anarchy" and incorporates elements of comedy, science fiction, fantasy, martial arts films, and animation.

The plot centers on a Chinese American immigrant (played by Michelle Yeoh) who discovers that she must connect with parallel universe versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from causing the destruction of the multiverse. Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis appear in supporting roles.

I am not sure what to think of the movie. There are some interesting parts at the beginning and the end. The middle has a lot of pretty outrageous martial arts and fantasy sequences. It is not bad, just very odd. I am not sure that Sharon would have sat through it. I don't think that it will win best picture.

As a footnote, it is interesting how the topic of parallel universes has become so popular in books and movies. I have read a couple of interesting science fiction books that use the topic, including The Peripheral and The Space Between Worlds. As I noted in the later review, I have had some interesting conversations with She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and Snipes about the possible real world ramfications of this theory.

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