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In Reply to: RE: Everything Everywhere... posted by MaxwellP on March 12, 2023 at 06:11:47
I suppose it depends which movie you're watching in Everything Everywhere All at Once -
From a review: Science Fiction is usually a gloss over a commentary of our time. Star Trek always did it (when it did it well).
"When Evelyn reveals she always wants to be with Joy, no matter where they are, it is the start of a healing process for both characters from the pain inflicted previously. That is key to overcoming both of their traumas and breaking the generational cycle that causes a rift between parents and their children. At the heart of the film is the message that family matters, so long as one is willing to listen and approach things with an open heart. Besides dealing with family trauma like Encanto, the film explores how a person can be caught between so many expectations, perceptions, and the constant barrage of things in life that require so much of one's attention."
If I get back to it, I'll will keep your comments in mind.
With some of these Sci-Fi films - I try to ignore the spectacle (multi-verse) and try to figure out what the hell the heart of the movie is about.
In the film, it is revealed that Evelyn is living the most mundane version of herself - all the things she could be she is not. The grandfather would not understand that his grandaughter is gay. The mother (Evelyn) is caught in the old traditions and trying to accept her daughter.
To me, this is the heart of the film. Personally, I think they could have made a better film without all the Multi-Verse stuff but then perhaps it would have then just been a human drama that no one would go and see.
There are other themes in there - what's the point of it all kind of stuff that others may appreciate - and that's why I would choose it as the best of this lot. It had some ambition - it tried to do something and appeal on a few levels.
All Quiet was a good war picture but doesn't really have much of narrative and is mostly a series of horrors.
Tar is a commentary I suppose on power corrupting - and a lesson on not stepping on people to get to the top as you may need them on the way down.
Personally, I liked The Batman and The Menu more than any of these nominated movies.
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