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🍿37: Everything Everywhere All At Once
This week, Michelle Yeoh saves the world in this week's jaw-dropping feature, we explore the origins of the infamous Wilhelm Scream and a whole lot of movie headlines!
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Now for the headlines:
The teaser trailer for the anticipated Prey dropped this week… I won’t spoil it by reminding you what it’s about. Watch it here.
Disney is planning a reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Read more.
Pixar has announced its next feature, Elemental, which is due to be released next year. Read more.
Christopher Walken is set to star in Dune: Part Two in the pivotal role of Emperor Shaddam IV. Read more.
Ryan Gosling is set to star in a film adaptation of the 1980’s TV show The Fall Guy. Read more.
And finally, yesterday MGM dropped the teaser for George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. Watch it here.
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Brian and Charles
UK: 17 June // USA: 17 June
Based on the 2017 short film of the same name, Brian and Charles follows Brian (David Earl), a lonely inventor in rural Wales, who spends his days building quirky, unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, Brian attempts his biggest project yet…
UK: 17 June // USA: 17 June
Two inmates form a connection while grappling with their pasts in a state-of-the-art penitentiary. The prison is run by a visionary (Chris Hemsworth) who experiments on his subjects with mind-altering drugs.
Fact of the week
You may or may not recognise ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ and even if you do, you might not know it by its official name. This sound effect of a man crying out has been used in more than 400 films and TV shows.
Interestingly, the sound effect is named after a character named Private Wilhelm that was shot by an arrow in the 1953 Western The Charge at Feather River, but its first appearance came two years prior in a Western titled Distant Drums. Since then, it’s become a kind of in-joke with moviemakers and film-lovers alike.
If you’ve never heard of the Wilhelm scream, I think you’ll be amazed at how often you have heard it…
Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once
4.5 (out of 5)
Where to watch:
USA: Only in cinemas
UK: Only in cinemas
Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn, the unlikely and unassuming hero who wants nothing more than to file her taxes but is tasked with saving not just the world, but every world in every universe. It might not sound like a typical film to feature in SP, but this blew me away.
Note: This is one of those films I think you’ll enjoy more without having recently watched the trailer.
The review (NO spoilers):
When I first saw the trailer for Everything Everywhere All at Once, I scoffed and rolled my eyes. This film didn’t appeal to me at all and I was particularly sceptical of the high praise it was getting from audiences and critics. But they were right - this film is a sensational cinematic triumph, and it swept me off my feet.
While the trailer and marketing make it feel like a film for fans of the MCU, I’m much more inclined to agree with Jamie Lee Curtis who sparked an internet debate when she said it “out marvels any Marvel movie”.
Everything Everywhere takes ridiculousness to the extreme, which is clear in the trailer and while that’s something that put me off initially, everything comes together and works astonishingly well. This film is so wonderfully weird that I was waiting for something even stranger to happen next. Despite how ludicrous it all is, it keeps you wanting more, which is a testament to its artistry.
Unlike many films that strive for surrealism, Everything Everywhere is neither silly nor pretentious. Instead, it’s charming, heartfelt and very, very funny. There’s only so much to say about Everything Everywhere without spoiling it, but if you’re anything like me, it’s going to be quite different to what you’re expecting.
I like to think that one of the clearest indicators of a good film is the range of emotion it can pull from an audience. For instance, while there are many comedies that can make you laugh and dramas that can make you cry, there a very few films that can do both - Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of them.
Scroll down to see what’s coming in the next issue.
If you liked Everything Everywhere All at Once…
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2000 | UK: Netflix // US: Peacock / Amazon Prime ($2.99)
There’s really nothing like Everything Everywhere, it’s easily the best multiverse film I’ve seen and I’ll refrain from recommending Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - though that’s definitely worth a watch.
Instead, let’s celebrate Michell Yeoh and her martial arts expertise with this award-winning classic, which swept four of the 10 Oscars it was nominated for.
In the next issue:
UK: 1 April // USA: 1 April | Watch the Trailer