It’s an oasis in the summer desert of American entertainment. Preceded by an undeniable reputation for indescribable madness and a surprise success across the Atlantic (68 million dollars in revenue for a budget of 15 million), “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is finally released in France this Wednesday, August 31. In room and not on platform. A feat, just like the film, barred as only Asian cinema, in particular that of Hong Kong in the 1980s and 90s, knew how to be.
It is no coincidence that one of its historical stars, Michelle Yeoh, is the star. At 60, the martial arts legend plays Evelyn, a Chinese immigrant from Los Angeles on the verge of burnout. Overwhelmed by her daily life as a mother, wife, daughter and manager of a laundromat, in the crosshairs of the tax authorities, she discovers a heroine’s destiny in the multiverse, a tangle of parallel worlds that she must save from the harmful influence of his nemesis Jobu Tupaki (who is his own daughter).
A snub to the Marvel multiverse and its insipid superheroic productions? A schoolboy version of “Matrix”? “EEAAO” is all of this and more. Family drama, kung-f movie
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