Screenings: May 13-18
Show Times: Fri, Sat & Wed at 7:30 p.m. Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $9 Regular; $8 Senior/Student/Military; $7 Member & Wednesdays
Running Time: 132 min
Film Director: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
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.
Imagine sitting through DJ Snake’s Turn Down For What music video for two-and-half-hours. If that sounds good, boy do I have a movie for you. Everything Everywhere All At Once has all the spastic energy, phallocentric humour and visual wit directors the Daniels brought to that Lil’ Jon video about bodies gyrating with seismic force, but with one extra and essential ingredient: Michelle Yeoh.
At its best the movie is a love letter to the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actor’s legacy and multifaceted talents, which are spread across a head-spinning multiverse narrative. And the multiverse drama here has a nice way of resonating with that feeling that you’re being pulled in all kinds of directions, or rather, simply existing. Yeoh’s Evelyn is overwhelmed with running a family-owned laundromat, explaining her delinquent tax forms to an IRS agent (Jamie Lee Curtis), being tiger mom to her inconvenient queer daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) and more.
But then her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan, or Short Round from Temple Of Doom) becomes a dimension-hopping version of himself, explaining to her that existence depends on her unique ability to channel the various versions of herself to fight a nefarious force ready to consume everything, everywhere. Enter Evelyn the martial arts expert or movie star (loving nods to the actor playing her), or Evelyn the woman from the universe where humans have wiener fingers, which is one of many ideas that should have been left on the cutting room floor.
The Daniels, unfortunately, are too in love with every clever but immature gag or never-been-done before idea. There’s so much here that is witty, exciting and genuinely hilarious, along with a beautiful and moving mother-daughter journey. But those things tend to be overwhelmed by the movie’s exhausting asides.
A heavy pair of scissors and Everything Everywhere All At Once could have realized its potential as the DJ Snake remix to Being John Malkovich and The Matrix. Radheyan Simonpilla, Now Turonto