Everything Everywhere All at Once
By: Adam Freed
Remove your shoes and socks. Close your eyes. Place your feet flat on the ground. Your right foot sits upon a lush emerald patch of manicured grass, while your left is penetrated at all angles by jagged remnants of broken glass. This is the demonstrated duality of Everything Everywhere All at Once. This is not a comedy, but it is hilarious. Not really a kung fu action movie, yet contains inventive and compelling combat sequences. It is sci-fi at its core, but like the greatest science fiction films, it isn’t great because it invents new worlds, but invents new ways to view our own.
The powerful duality of this film is that it seemingly throws everything at its audience, while simultaneously reminding them that none of it matters. The nihilistic Yang to the deafening minutiae’s Yin accounts for a realization that there must be meaning in this life, but it cannot be found in the extremes presented herein.
This is a daring film, presented courageously and without hesitation by a pair of filmmakers that seem to have created the perfect antidote to a post pandemic world in which Earth's rotation seems to be picking up pace. This film is a reminder that there are more than two extremist options in any scenario and access to those infinite choices exist only a few decisions away.
Open your eyes. Remove your left foot from the shards of glass and place it in the lush turf next to your right foot. Doesn’t it make more sense to exercise free will to begin with? Doesn’t it make more sense to stop the torturous cycle being perpetuated? This film is an inventive and daring reminder that the world is lush with choice…doesn’t that sound more inviting than following a predetermined path anyway?