Everything Everywhere All At Once [Blu-Ray]
Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan
Release Date: July 5, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a flustered immigrant mother, is contacted from a parallel universe and told that only she can save the world. The unlikely hero must learn to channel her newfound powers and fight through the splintering timelines of the multiverse to save her home, her family, and herself in this big-hearted and irreverent adventure. With Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Please Note: Lionsgate Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ tells the out of this world (and body) tale of Evelyn Wang, an immigrant mother whose overwhelming life has started to negatively affect her. Struggling to try and keep her daughter in line, balance life with her loving yet at times stale husband and fighting an audit that could cost their family everything if it goes wrong is starting to become too much. But when a familiar stranger from another world enlists her help to fight off a potential multiversal catastrophe she will have to learn how to travel between different realities in order to utilize her newfound powers and fight if she hopes to stop everything, everywhere from being eradicated.
Written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert aka ‘Daniels’ (Swiss Army Man), the pair does a magnificent job at the helm of ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ guiding along the hilarious and exciting insanity with grace and style. The film also benefits from a great cast that includes Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians), Stephanie Hsu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Ke Huy Quan (The Goonies), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Jenny Slate (Venom), Harry Shum Jr. (TV’s Glee) and more, with the majority each offering solid performances in each of their respective roles and really helping this one to become something truly remarkable.
‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ is a marvelously insane, hilarious and mind-warping trip that you won’t want to miss out on. A rare and unique overload of the senses that weaves a wild tale that’s simple at its core although anything but as a whole. It takes viewers on a delightfully ridiculous ride through various planes of existence with one woman who must embrace her wild destiny which couldn’t be more opposite than the somewhat mundane existence she was becoming used to. It’s a beautiful exploration of life and existence that showcases just how fast things can go from simple and uneventful to full blown chaos and how we sometimes don’t appreciate things that can be taken for granted until something different results in us seeing those things through a fresh perspective.
The filmmaking duo of Daniels clearly has a talent for taking goofy and at times downright ridiculously silly ideas and moments then finding a way to merge them with enough heart and beauty to form something remarkably different and unfamiliar. Their talents are in full form for ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ and the spectacular performances by the cast led by a spectacular Michelle Yeoh only allows this film to evolve into the outstanding and creative gem that it becomes. I would strongly urge going out of your way to check out ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of this phenomenal and refreshingly unique film. It’s a marvelous film that’s as ridiculous, hilarious and over the top nuts as it is beautiful and touching; not to mention entirely unlike anything else you’ve experienced in recent memory.
Overall, ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ is a beautifully crafted masterpiece that sends viewers on an unexpectedly wild, emotional and splendidly ridiculous adventure that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before. With a perfect pairing of over the top humor, heartfelt moments and chaotic action and visuals to keep you enthralled every step of the way; this is a unique and unforgettable fantasy tale that any fan of quality cinema won’t even want to consider overlooking. ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ easily earns one of my highest possible recommendations. It’s a magnificent and brave film that takes chances in its odd approach and nails every goofy and ridiculous moment throughout without ever sacrificing the heart at its core. If you have any interest or curiosity about this one whatsoever, it should easily prove worthy of your time and the cost of a rental at the absolute least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio (although the aspect ratio does shift back and forth between a few different ratios throughout in order to accentuate the film’s placement in different areas/universes). The video presentation looks great as a whole and offers up a clean, sharp and beautifully detailed presentation from start to finish that does a great job of capturing the odd, shifting and often wildly paced style and tone of this truly unique film, and never finds itself suffering from any unexpected issues or faults along the course of its duration. Overall, this is a pretty wonderful high definition video presentation that should easily excite fans and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack makes a perfect complement to the onscreen fun and insanity and delivers a crisp, clean and consistently immersive audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly utilizes all seven available channels in order to send music, action and universe-jumping effects, along with other random effects, crowd chatter and plenty more regularly zipping throughout the various speaks and never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously becoming distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a fantastic Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that more than delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ features a notable collection of bonus content that fans of the film should thoroughly enjoy. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with writers/directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’, in addition to some ‘Deleted Scenes with Commentary’ (running approximately 14 minutes in length altogether) and some amusing ‘Outtakes’ (running approximately 8 minutes). We are also treated to Behind the Scenes explorations of the film and the process of bringing it to life that feature interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more; they include ‘Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Everything Everywhere All At Once’ (running approximately 41 minutes), plus ‘Putting Everything on the Bagel: Cooking up the Multiverse’ (approximately 10 minutes) and ‘Alpha-Bits’ (11 minutes). Also included are a ‘Music Visual’ (3 minutes) and the film’s ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (3 minutes).
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Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
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