Frank Ritz’s review published on Letterboxd:
Very early into the film (prior to its direct reference affirming the connection), I kind of locked into the idea of this becoming the new Matrix. It’s tackling some heavy concepts in the moment that are arising/prevalent (replace the advancement of the internet, and the ability to discover the self, with the concept of multi-verses, and understanding and incorporating a philosophical viewpoint of positive nihilism, which may be the one core truth (except there aren’t any), along with generational/cultural gaps (emphasized on the immigrant experience), and what it means to be alive in the modern world) in a highly digestible way, while referencing a plethora of world cinema by mashing clashing styles, all for a fun time at the picture show. It’s critical and cultural reception currently supports this theory, and I won’t be surprised if we’re talking about this flick 22 years later.
It’s certainly not perfect (some jokes miss, some references are dull, the equation of personal and cosmic fluctuates between poignant and elementary (reminded me of Melancholia in that specific way)), but I can’t deny that I had a smile on my face for the whole runtime, except when I was crying. It’s funny (seriously laughed so much), exciting, and different enough to feel special. Also from a technical standpoint it’s kind of immaculate; it made my brain start to hurt when considering the practical production. This thing seems like it would’ve been absolutely insane to execute, and the fact it comes off as effortless and digestible as it does, is no light feat. Also, the entire ensemble is unreal, and I won’t be surprised if our four main characters (Yeoh, Quan, Hsu, and Curtis) are all on my own personal awards ballet; staggeringly beautiful/hilarious/dynamic/fun/and engaging performances from all of them!
Yeah, it’s definitely great. Also flew by; didn’t feel short, but didn’t drag either! I know it’s not a cool take to have, but I am a fan of Rick and Morty (seriously so sorry) and this just felt like one of its best episodes, but with humans (so instantly more cool), and like, if it’s goal was to make you feel better, and not worse. It’s certainly not my go-to for flicks, but I’m glad it’s out there and hitting like it is.
Also; The rocks and raccoontouille really stole the show.