This film is (finally) coming to us, we decipher the phenomenon for you

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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” stars Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan hit theaters this Wednesday, August 31.

CINEMA – Heated kung fu fights, tears, but also a lot of jokes and completely delirious scenes. This is not the recipe for gloubi-boulga, but a (non-exhaustive) summary of the film Everything Everywhere All at Oncethe film phenomenon of the year abroad, which lands on our French screens, this Wednesday, August 31.

Since it was released in the United States in March, the feature film by those known as the Daniels (the American directorial duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) has put the world at its feet. As of this writing, it has grossed $68.9 million in Uncle Sam country and another $31.1 million internationally, with the film already released in a number of countries, including like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Russia, Germany or the Netherlands.

It’s a good surprise. First, because Everything Everywhere All at Once was not produced by a big movie industry behemoth, but by A24 (minari, The farewell, Midsommar, lady bird), an independent studio with a flourishing reputation. For what budget? 25 million dollars, which makes him “ one of the few independent films to be profitable in theaters in the midst of a pandemic “, according to variety.

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Also, because its cast is not that of a Marvel blockbuster. Michelle Yeoh (Tiger and Dragon, tomorrow never dies) plays the title role. She is assisted by Stephanie Hsu (The fabulous Mrs. Maisel), Ke Huy Quan (Tales from the Crypt), James Hong (Kung Fun Panda) and Jamie Lee Curtis (At loggerheads).

As for its title, it is long, very long and not necessarily obvious. For the American media, its success is due to word of mouth. And above all thanks to a barred scenario that revolves around a very popular subject: the concept of the multiverse.

A scenario impossible to sum up

Her story is that of Evelyn Wang, an American from China who owns a laundromat. First problem: a tax audit jeopardizes the survival of his small business. Second problem: her father, who has practically denied her since she left her country of origin, is passing by to celebrate her birthday. Third problem: his daughter Joy, in a relationship with a woman named Becky, is going through a period of doubts and low self-esteem. Evelyn has no idea how to communicate with her.

Unfortunately, things go wrong (again). During a meeting in the tax offices, Evelyn’s husband, naturally shy, docile and malleable, suddenly changes his attitude. Waymond transforms into an elite commander. He brandishes his fanny pack like a weapon and kidnaps his wife, in a cubbyhole, to whisper a disturbing secret to her. Their time on this earth (or rather this universe) is counted. An evil force by the name of Jobu Tupaki seeks to kill them. Only she can save them.

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But for that, she will have to learn to navigate between different dimensions, sorts of different versions of herself where in turn Evelyn discovers herself as a movie star, a martial arts champion or endowed with disproportionately long fingers. Let it be said, the scenario is complex. Like the heroine of the film, it will take you a little time to understand the nature of the mission.

Unanimous reviews

But unlike a Christopher Nolan film (tenet, Inception), you get there. As proof, the comedy received rave reviews. ” The result is a massive mess, but a carefully planned and executed mess where every shot, every sound effect, and every visual gag fits together just as the Daniels intended. “, can we read at variety.

In his column, the New York Times believes that ” the plot of the film has as many twists and turns as bowls of noodles in the first scene. To reveal it would be impossible. Summing it up would take literally forever. »

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Difficult for the columnist of The Cut to express how much she loved this film, as she had never had so much ” giggled and cried in a movie theater “. ” It’s silly and touching, disgusting and beautiful. It completely changed the way I look at a bagel “, she comments, in a wink at the end. On Rotten Tomatoes, a reference site dedicated to movie news, Everything Everywhere All at Once received the super score of 95% positive reviews.

While in France the zany feature film has just landed here, on the other side of the Atlantic, it is already returning to theaters, but in an improved version: a pre-recorded introduction by the directors must precede the screening and eight minutes of additional excerpts have been added. The phenomenon deserves to be prolonged.

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This film is (finally) coming to us, we decipher the phenomenon for you