“Everything everywhere and at once”: a picture with frantic ratings, leaving no chance to keep his sanity 04/09/2022

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I look at the snow-white laptop screen and for the first time I don’t know what to write. I also looked at the subtitles at the end of the movie and didn’t know what to think. No, it’s not about me – it’s still a long way to Alzheimer’s. Just the first, last and middle thoughts when watching this picture are the same: “what. this. is that? ” If you watched “The Swiss Army Man”, created in creative tandem Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, you will understand what sensations I describe. But the corpse is in execution Daniel Radcliffemoving with the help of his fart, will seem to you a guide to adequacy compared to the new picture of these directors.

Kwan and Scheinert created a special aesthetic of delusion: you understand that there is thought in the picture, there is philosophy, logic and its own order, but everything is framed in a foil hat. Their creation “Everything is everywhere” is divided into three parts – “everything”, “everywhere” and “immediately” – so far everything is logical. This fact does not carry any practical information for the perception of the film – it’s just a given. Moreover, trying to structure these two and a half hours of confusion looks like a mockery of the viewer and does not help him.

The plot of the film revolves around a Chinese family: the main character Evelyn Young plays a brilliant Michelle Yeo (not seen so far as the central character) lives with an unloved and sluggish husband, runs a laundry and terrorizes her upbringing with a lesbian daughter. The routine of this life is shown very elegantly – you will not envy. During another tax problem and a trip to the tax agent, Evelyn learns from her husband (but not really from her husband, but from his version of another universe) that there are many universes in the world, and there are many versions of them. and the same people. Evelyn, for example (cautiously – spoiler) in another universe found a way to connect with other universes, but was killed by the great evil Job Tupaki, who in this universe – her daughter. Then completely absurd events begin, which in fact have a logical thread, but it is difficult to keep it in the flow of delusion. A universe where people have sausages instead of fingers, a world in which life on Earth did not appear, robotic limbs, a bagel hole capable of destroying all universes – which is not here.

It’s amazing how Kwan and Scheinert turned a low-budget film into a real Hollywood blockbuster with a bunch of action scenes, quality gluing together and a really chic montage. “Everything is everywhere” is not only a reference to multiverses, but also a characteristic of the film itself. It is impossible to determine its genre: it seems that the directors used all the existing cinematic techniques and pushed in non-existent ones: a parody of “The Matrix”, “Strange Doctor” and anime at the same time, and even seasoned with Asian flavor.

As in “The Swiss Army Man”, in the end, despite the stated scale, it all comes down to love and problems in human relationships. The leitmotifs of family sound here do not sound like a subtle melody, but beat the bass. The conclusions are awkward, unambiguous, and not new. The question arises: why was it necessary to create a film that explodes the brain and claims an Oscar in the competition of originality, to then warm the audience with banal immutable truths? And the residue is this: the directors spoke for the sake of speaking, but they did not really formulate what they wanted to say.

I have not yet formed an unequivocal opinion about this picture. The scene with the stones (you can’t tell it, but be sure to pay attention) I think is brilliant. I liked a lot, even more – no. But before us are dry facts: for a month of rental the rating of the film reached almost nine (!) According to IMDb, for a couple of days of rental in Russia – 8.4. Of course, it is worth watching – it is definitely worth it, and in cinemas. At least in this universe.

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