With the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness here in the UK, it's fair to say a number of cinemas around the country will be stacked with screenings for the latest in the Marvel machine. It's what makes releasing Everything Everywhere All at Once this late over here so frustrating because it's not only the better of the two films but one of the best of the year so far and a film that deserves to be witnessed on the big screen.

When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero named Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Written and directed by the Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Everything Everywhere All at Once is exactly the kind of film that deserves to be championed right now. It's just so wonderfully creative as a whole, which comes as no surprise with their only previous film being Swiss Army Man. Their writing is both so funny and touching that it makes for such an entertaining experience where you'll find yourself laughing one minute and sobbing the next. It's a film so perfectly balanced between emotions you'll be hard-pressed to find another that does it in such an inventive way, the rocks sequence being just one of the many brilliant moments littered throughout.

The Daniels have dabbled in comedy before but it's the action side of things here that really takes the film to the next level, humour very much incorporated to many of the glorious sequences. I mean, dildos being utilised in a fight sequence isn't what anyone had on the cards but that's just the Daniels for you. Beyond that, they utilise Larkin Seiple's excellent cinematography with some incredible camerawork during the action sequences, as well as Paul Rogers' mind-blowing editing throughout the entire film. There's more than one occasion where the film provides a pure adrenalin rush and the culmination of all these aspects harmonising so perfectly is just a joy to watch.
Coming to the performances, Everything Everywhere All at Once focuses on a mother and daughter relationship that allows both Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu to really deliver great performances, Yeoh in particular a true force to be reckoned with here. I don't tend to talk about awards season so soon after it's just finished but the Michelle Yeoh for Best Actress campaign is one I can definitely get behind right now. There's fun supporting performances too, great to see Ke Huy Quan again as he has some great comedic timing and of course Jamie Lee Curtis who just throws herself into the insanity as per usual.

So with Everything Everywhere All at Once finally releasing in the UK this week, try your best to find it at a cinema near you because it's easily going to be one of the best cinematic experiences of the year.

Verdict: ★★★★★


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