'Everything Everywhere All at once' has shaken Hollywood. In all of that, you'll find a piece of Alabama.
Even without the bloated budget or all-star cast, an original story, shockingly not based on anything (not even a comic book) has the sensation of a blockbuster (depending on your definition of all-star, anyway). The film's distributor A24 describes it as "a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure."
The film features an elderly Chinese immigrant who is swept up in an adventure, where she can alone save the world by exploring other universes she could have led.
Michelle Yeoh, a martial arts film icon, and a supporting cast including Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, and Jenny Slate. The couple collaborated on a production company AGBO, led by Anthony and Joe Russo, and the lead producers of Marvel Cinematic Universe hit titles such as 'Captain America: Civil War' and 'Avengers: Endgame.' It was first performed in South by Southwest in March.
One half of the Daniels, the filmmakers responsible for the critically acclaimed "Swiss Army Man" which starred Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, hails from Alabama. Scheinert and Kwan met while attending Emerson College in Boston and went on to produce music videos for leading musicians like Foster the People, The Shins, and Tenacious D.
After making his solo lead with (shot in and around the greater Birmingham area in 2019), Scheinert established a small-town Alabama crime comedy that earned some rave reviews.
The pair has earned so far the highest marks of their young careers. It is now available on theaters today (playing all over Alabama) and has. That's right. Ninety-seven. The consensus states, Everywhere, all at once, has achieved its title with a custom-made assault on the senses.
According to the review producer, "Top Critics" has some flaws.
"Everywhere from Everywhere at Once, The Daniels," Adam Nayman says, is a deliriously over-the-top multiverse-hopping action film that unrepentantly pushes himself to the limit."
"Everything Everywhere All at once may be a kaleidoscopic fantasy battle across space, time, genres, and emotions, but it's a huge family drama first."
"In the end, its many swirling parts unites an extraordinary sequence of purpose," Justin Chang said.
"Yes, the movie is a metaphysical multiverse galaxy-brain head trip, but deep down and also right on the surface it's a bittersweet domestic drama, a marital comedy, a story of immigrant striving, and a hurt-filled ballad of mother-daughter love."
"Everything Everywhere All at Once" is about finding something to hold onto in the midst of obscenity, and it isn't afraid to make itself the ultimate example of how that might work."
The Daniels will have plenty of time to ponder whether or not the box office success for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" measures up at all to what critics think of it. Despite their extensive invention and filmmaking flair, they'll likely have to handpick their next project irrespective of the receipts.
Will they transfer their talents to dominant Hollywood films such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or will they continue on their current path by using their own scenes and telling their stories themselves?