Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert directs Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Qua in this loopy action comedy where a put upon laundry owner can absorb the skills and lives of her alternate selfs – a new power she’ll have to utilise to save the universe, her family and finish her taxes.
I can see why this is so beloved but it does mistake density for sophistication. Not every wacky “other” world needs to be seen through to completion, as it indulgently makes the leeengthy ending patience stretching rather than bow tying. Having said that, it is always admirable to see a film so brimming with ideas – many are affectionately borrowed from other films – who would have expected Pixar and Wong Kar-wai spoofs to nestle so neatly together, Kubrick is also frequently referenced. If you like Douglas Adams then he also is a key influence. Yet it works best as a silly martial arts comedy. A resplendent Yeoh has still got the chops… and it is so so lovely to see Ke Huy Qua back on the big screen, and in such a warm, fun role. He goes at it full pelt, bless his heart, everyone does. I couldn’t stop smiling like a goon at nearly every moment and line he lands.
Perfect Double Bill: Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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