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  • plotpointer
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    I’ve tried at least four times to watch Everywhere, Everything, All At Once, but I just can’t get into it. I love the acting, but I just don’t understand the story. Even the actors have admitted to not understanding the film. I get the feeling there’s a lot of us who are part of this silent minority/silent majority who are afraid to speak up and say — this is NOT a masterpiece. I’m getting Ma Rainey vibes when the industry was pushing that movie as something spectacular, but audiences and award voters quietly had a different opinion. I just wonder if there will be a similar backlash as we get closer to the Oscars. Is it fair to nominate and award multiple actors in a film that just wasn’t that good?

    Personal note: I would have been completely sold if the movie had stuck to the story of a middle-aged woman dealing with an unfulfilling marriage, unrelatable daughter and demanding father — along with the mundaneness of her life — all within the hilarious context of being audited. But all the wacky time travel, fight scenes and special effects just left me cold. Not only did I not understand it, I had no desire to try to figure it out.

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    jjjmoss
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    yes obviously you’re being oppressed by the man, living in fear of the totalitarian regime. it’s basically gilead for you.

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    babypook
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    No. Nobody can force me to like nor dislike anything.
    I won’t make a good totalitarian citizen.

    The Sunne in Splendour.
    I prefer my roses white

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    Ms Attitude
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    No. I don’t like it either; the idea/concept is very interesting but I thought it was executed poorly. On the other hand, the actors, particularly Yeoh and Quan did a phenomenal job and this movie wouldn’t have gotten any buzz if it wasn’t for their work.

    The movie is doing well – as we’ve seen, the industry has shown to like it (BAFTA longlists, SAG nominations) but as we’ve seen again and again, Oscars may go a different route and think otherwise. Who knows? The movie can indeed overperform and get 10+ nominations.

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    laslo
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    There are things that just aren’t for us, don’t suit our taste, and don’t engage our attention as we’d expect.
    It doesn’t mean that it’s bad, or that people are lying when they express their admiration, or that we’re being forced to like something that’s bad and no one has the courage to admit it. Sometimes things just are not meant for us.
    I think EEAAO is a great movie and I couldn’t care less if people agree or not, but I have movies that, while not bad, just don’t appeal to my taste, as is the case with everything Tarantino has done this century.

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    pierremg
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    I find it confusing, and can’t get the message of it. And that’s why I’m confident it’s not winning best picture.

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    Chitanda170
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    This reminded me to Parasite,  i really dislike that movie but everyone seems to love it, I just couldn’t, I have no interest in watching EEAO seems like a mess but maybe I’m wrong.

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    MichelleReign
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    Suit yourself I guess

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    This reminded me to Parasite, i really dislike that movie but everyone seems to love it, I just couldn’t, I have no interest in watching EEAO seems like a mess but maybe I’m wrong.

    Parasite is actually good. You don’t need to watch it twice. If you compare to the other movies nominated that year, it was the right choice. Not the case of EEAO.

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    plotpointer
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    In response to a few of the posts:

    I can’t remember ever feeling lost in a Tarantino movie. I think really good writing can take me on a journey anywhere. Of course, what’s good writing is also subjective.

    I also really loved Parasite, so I’m not sure why I can’t get on the EEA train … but I’m tired of trying.

    I guess my point is there could be lots of voters like me who are silently not fans of the film, but instead of getting into uncomfortable public debates, they’ll just express themselves with their ballots.

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    MichelleReign
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    It’s ok if you don’t like it. No one is forcing you to. Every film is not for everyone. I wasn’t a fan of Roma or OUATIH or Licorice Pizza while I know many who loved it.

    But to claim that a 100 million dollar box office hit, with 81% meta score, No. 1 movie of 2022 on Letterbox, 89% rotten tomato audience score, with a very active fan-based (to the extent people find them annoying) isn’t loved by the audience is something!

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    Barbra Please
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    Darling, what the hell is this thread?

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    babypook
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    Darling, what the hell is this thread?

    Lol! I don’t really want to know, but I am thinking that not appreciating the film itself could be good news for Michelle, giving her that tiny edge she needs to WIN.

    The Sunne in Splendour.
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    LLLhawks
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    I’ve seen movies that almost everybody in here love but I absolutely didn’t. So I feel you.

    But lol. I liked the movie the first time I saw it, and watched it four more times afterwards.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    Brayfers
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    The surface level story is the Multiverse / Everything Bagel / Jobu Tupaki storylines, but those are used to discuss themes like the meaning of life. Evelyn is unhappy with her life, husband, and daughter and she feels like her life is pointless and going nowhere and she wishes she would have made different decisions. Through the thematic vehicle of having to save the “multiverse”, it effectively shows how her strained relationship with her daughter is affecting her daughter, shows her all the different ways her life could have ended up / ended up in other universes, and allows her to realize that she actually does love her life and she regrets not appreciating what she has right in front of her. Defeating Jobu Tupaki and the Everything Bagel through inhabiting other universes allowed her to see the value and importance of her life and the people in it, which is her characters development. I feel like its a similar vehicle of character development as “A Christmas Carol” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” but obviously in a very unique way.

    Letterboxd: Brayfers

    FYC (Film):
    - Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu - Everything Everywhere All At Once
    - Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon, and Barry Keoghan - The Banshees of Inisherin
    - Angela Bassett - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    - Danielle Deadwyler - Till

    FYC (TV):
    - Severance
    - Euphoria
    - Abbott Elementary
    - House of the Dragon
    - The White Lotus

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