By Abigail Mulonas
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” had the right idea but it was simply not executed correctly. From pushing the limits on the audience’s suspension of disbelief and not acting with enough oomph, it merely becomes like a blur of a film that I’ve seen already.
The story follows an aging Chinese immigrant who is swept up in an insane adventure. She alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led in the multiverse.
The cast stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang, Jamie Lee Curtis as Deirdre Beaubeirdra, and Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang.
Though the concept of the multiverse is something that should not be taken lightly, it deserves the utmost delicacy and screen time that it’s been given, this adaption rather acts on the more mundane aspects it brings to the table.
While this gets brownie points for the inclusion of a thought-provoking plotline, even that cannot bring to life the undeniably flat characters that fill this story.
Thus it pulls off a partially realized theme, but the film doesn’t live up to its full potential. Going back and forth with its priority within the storytelling, it fails to dive headfirst into either a mind-bending alternative world to live in or the time-sensitive real-life problems.
This film embodies themes that run deeper than alternate realities and futuristic lifespans – like the dynamics of family, neglect, and maturing. While that is a large portion of this story, the plot barely brushes the surface on the value those themes hold – and likewise with the concentration it takes to fully understand what’s really at stake.
Unavoidably, the two clash, leading to disorganized chaos amidst a film that relies on structured chaos to function.
However, just because I did not enjoy it to the extent fans and critics did, that doesn’t mean I hated it or that it isn’t worth watching. It deserves to be seen. It develops into a lukewarm tone that addresses concepts that deserve much greater attention.
Conversely, the special effects truly immerse the audience into a comprehensible picture with creative direction and an alternative, but clear point of view. And while “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is not wholly bad, it is not entirely good either.
More substance and intuition are needed within this film. It was nothing more than an indifferent and unenthusiastic story that had the potential to be out of this world. If this is a glimpse into Marvel’s new wave, I can safely say that it is in no way, shape or form as powerful or as well developed as the Marvel Cinematic Universe used to be.