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Topic: Re: Everything Everywhere All At Once
Posted by: Joe Conneely
Date/Time: 20/05/22 11:28:00

Well I suspect this kaleidoscope performance by Michelle Yeoh (made to look exceptionally drab for the title role) will be unlike any other films you will see this year!

Playing the owner of a USA based coin operated laundrette with a wheelchair bound father who seems able to walk when hungry or angry; a lesbian daughter who argues with her all the time and a husband who seems to be devoted to his wife but worries about divorcing from her, the film sets off at a frenetic pace. That pace continues as she attends an IRS tax audit (the tax auditor played by a barely recognisable Jamie Lee Curtis) from when matters start spinning out of control.

The film reminds you in concept of Christopher Nolan's "Inception" with its thrusting at a headlong pace into and through different parallel multi-universes science fiction style, in showing the different lives Yeoh could have lived. Thankfully this is done at such a pace and in comedic manner that while you wonder at times what the storyline actually is, it all dashes by!

Endless parodying and pastiches of other well known films (many Asian and science fiction) and drawing on Yeoh's own prior Kung Fu films experience for fight sequences, the film never lets up. Half the dialogue is in Chinese and the film seems to have co-directors (one American (Daniel Scheinert) and one Chinese (Daniel Kwan) which has added to this mix.

Inevitably at over two hours the film feels by the end as being a bit too long (oh for the old days of 90 minute features!) and in the last section winding down, since it is nigh impossible to maintain the initial opening pace. What I found surprising is that this is apparently a major US box office breakout film belatedly making it to UK screens, probably helped in the US by keeping a PG15 rating as some judicious editing in certain sequences shows.


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