Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
Last spring, Tampa Theatre was proudly able to screen Everything Everywhere All At Once for a limited engagement. It received strong reviews and even stronger word-of-mouth, and we were lucky to bring it to our beautiful big screen. Then in January, after it landed so many Academy Awards nominations, we brought it back for another brief run. At this point it had been available on streaming platforms for months, but we didn’t care — we believed it was an important movie to see in a cinema, surrounded by other viewers, and your response proved us right.
And now that it has won an astounding seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, we’re bringing it around again. Let’s say it straight: we love this movie. It deserves to be seen in a fashion appropriate for its scale, beauty and profundity, and our patrons and fans deserve to experience it at its best. So for an unprecedented third time in less than twelve months, Tampa Theatre once again presents Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Here is the actual, approved blurb from the distributor of the film. “Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels, the film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes.” Okay, yes, that’s all true. But given so little, you have to read deeply between the lines to get at what makes this movie special — and if you have managed to get this far without getting spoiled, but that summary sounds appealing, pick a showtime and we’ll see you very soon.
But if not: you’ll be missing the most thrilling, most fun action-comedy of the last several years. You’ll be missing the career revival of Michelle Yeoh, who could barely get work between Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Crazy Rich Asians, and Ke Huy Quan, who went from co-starring as a kid in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies to working behind the camera for decades. You’ll be missing an anarchic, frenetic showcase for movie legends Jamie Lee Curtis and James Hong. You’ll be missing a crushingly earnest, profoundly intimate family story. We’d be remiss if all we told you was that the directors have a cool name and it’s about a frustrating audit. It’s one of the most creative, inspirational, brilliantly realized uses of the medium of film to communicate universal truths about the human experience to hit screens in a long while. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll vibrate your consciousness into a new plane of reality. And for a few more days, you can do it all at Tampa’s own non-profit movie palace. So don’t wait. It’s later than you think.
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