Caleb Johnson’s review published on Letterboxd:
I really honestly don't think I have seen a film this innovative, this creative, this heartfelt, this sweet, or this fucking insane in a long, long time.
The movie starts off REALLY fast. Right off the bat, you notice that this film moves at a breakneck pace. At first, it's a little disorienting and a little hard to get adjusted to, but there's never a point where you feel lost in what's actually happening. Then all of the actual multiverse stuff is introduced, and then things REALLY fly off the handle.
"Everything Everywhere All at Once" is absolute fucking insanity. It's nuts. It's got everything from butt plugs and swinging dogs on leashes to hot dogs for fingers. But all of this craziness isn't here only for the soul purpose of being zany and random. It all serves a purpose, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. This movie had me laughing out loud on a regular basis. It's funnier than most actual "comedies" that come out now.
The film takes full advantage of its batshit insane premise and presentation here, and it's all the better for it. It feels as if the filmmakers, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, literally threw every idea and concept they had for this film at the wall just to see what would stick. But it seems like, in this film's case, everything stuck. This is a completely experimental movie, and you never feel the sense that the Daniels ever second-guessed themselves on anything. They never stopped and worried about what was digestible or "too weird" for the audience. Instead they knew without a doubt that everything they had for this movie was essential, and that it would work. So they put it in, and it worked 100%.
Ideally, as of now, I would want this to win Best Picture. But if it doesn't, (it absolutely should), it should at least win Best Film Editing. This has some of the best editing I genuinely think I've ever seen in a movie. Everything happens so quick and fast, but never without intense planning and purpose. Each cut, special effect, transition, etc. is done so sharply and precisely, that the film feels like everything in it is as neatly tied together as it should be.
But again, a lot of what made this film's overall presentation is the writing as well. This film is experimental as fuck, as I've already stated. The seizure-inducing segment that absolutely lit up the theater I was in, the fake credits midway through the film, the incredibly choreographed and comedic fight scenes, the silent yet sentient talking rock segment, and much much more in this all easily makes this one of the most bizarre films you'll probably ever see. But this is presented in such an innovative way in the likes that I've never really quite seen before, that makes this feel as though it's a different sort of viewing experience than traditional "film" altogether.
Francis Ford Coppola said "They haven't uncovered 6% of what moviemaking can be, and they discovered 4.5% in the silent era." Filmmaking is an art form that has a long way to go, in terms of reaching its absolute full potential. But the directors of "Everything Everywhere All at Once" have absolutely tapped into a new way of presenting a traditional story with the film's writing. But besides the batshit crazy and experimental aspect of the script, what makes this film so revolutionary and inventive is the fact that it's able to tell such a heartwarming, genuine, and sweetly optimistic story in the midst of all the chaos on-screen.
I shit you not, I teared up a total of three separate times while watching this. While yes, the writing of this film alone makes it one of the most touching stories I've seen in a while, what also goes a long way in conveying this movie's themes is the performances here. Every. Single. Actor here is phenomenal. Everyone in this, but especially Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh, (who gives one of the best leading performances I've seen in a bit) is absolutely hilarious when they need to be, charming when it's needed, serious when they must be, and emotional all of the time. I really don't want to spoil any of what exactly made me tear up during this, but the film conveys these themes of love, compassion, and optimism that makes this worthy of anyone's time.
You guys, I really really really fucking loved this. It's almost never when I get to see a film this creative, heartwarming, and just fucking nuts. As of now, it's easily my favorite movie of the year and it's going to take a LOT to change that. I would classify this as essential viewing without any hesitation or thought, and would recommend this to anybody. If you're looking for a film to make you laugh, feel special, feel fun, or even feel loved, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" will make you feel those feelings.
The film will make you feel everything. Everywhere. And all at once.