I highly urge the reader if they are on the fence on watching this movie to go out and see it. It is a really thoughtful, special effects laden thrill. If you are into science fiction, time travel, multiverse, this should be for you. The plot is well done, the actors and actresses are great. Plus, how often are you going to see a movie come out where the protagonist is a 59 year old asian actress who has not aged out of the industry? Please go out and support this kind of work so that the studios will be motivated to make more movies like this.
The plot is tight, it doesn't waste any moments on anything unnecessary, I was not bored at all during this movie, I didn't have to wonder why something was included. Good moving pace, I was actually afraid of going to the bathroom because I might miss something important.
The companion movie to this movie is Turning Red which came out at around the same time, although that movie is very kids oriented.
Evelyn is a chinese immigrant who migrated from China to the US, and now runs a laundromat with her husband. Upon being audited by the IRS, Evelyn is dragged into a strange, mindblowing conflict that could decide the fate of the whole universe.
Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn convincingly as a weary, cynical, stressed mother/business owner who must confront her own perspectives and beliefs as they are challenged by the conflicts in this movie.
Ke Huy Quan has a multifaceted role playing different versions of the Waymond (Evelyn's husband) character. Also great job.
James Hong, what can you say about a man who is basically in so movies/television with such a storied career.
Stephanie Hsu brings the angst and the emo to a young person finding her way in the world and trying to remain connected to her mom.
Jamie Lee Curtis, awesome job as you might expect from an experienced actress.
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The multiverse aspect is very well done. I would like to see all the storyboards for each universe that the writers thought out. Especially the racoon-touille universe, which seems like a throwaway at first.
So many great details. This movie provides satisfying conclusions to each chekov's gun that you will notice. Award shaped like dildos? The importance of a universe where people have hot dog fingers? Everything everywhere in this movie is important.
My thoughts about Evelyn herself and the worst timeline:
The worst timeline is where Evelyn is basically running a laudromat which her husband bought, dealing with a daughter who has grown up with western values as opposed to her own, taking care of an estranged father and trying to earn his approval back from when she left for the US with a man he didn't approve of, and dealing with a tax audit at the same time. Her husband is not shown to be in charge or very on top of things so Evelyn is left facing her problems by herself. Waymond serves her with divorce papers as a way to open up a discussion which is a really shitty way of trying to get her attention and have a conversation.
The best timeline is where she is a beautiful family actress with no husband and daughter. Second best is where she is a lesbian. The common element? Not choosing Waymond.
I think it says a lot about choosing love over stability or whether or not they are competent partner who can provide for you.
It reminds me a lot about Bojack Horseman and Bojack's mother, Beatrice. Beatrice chooses love leading to a miserable life which to which she takes out her frustrations out on her son.
I think the ending message of the movie is poignant, even if it's the worst timeline, human connection is important and letting go of the futures you wish you could have. Being present in the moment, as represented by the two moments(one at the begining of the movie and one at the end) in the IRS office where Curtis's IRS agent asks Evelyn if she is paying attention and in the first scene she lies and says yes and at the end she comes back to the present moment and says no.