★★★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2022
A touching family story where relationship tensions between the central character Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) her husband (Ke Huy Quan), her father (James Hong), and most importantly her daughter (Stephanie Hsu) are examined through metaphysical hallucinations exploring multiverse alternative realities.
There are excellent dramatic acting performances with many extravagant action sequences homage to various sci-fi and martial arts movies.
It is a pleasure to see Michelle Yeoh lovingly drawing from a collage of her past performances. The heartwarming surprise is a powerful comeback of Ke Huy Quan, a child actor made famous by Steven Spielberg’s 80s hits Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and The Goonies (1985). He excels in dramatic scenes and more than holds his own in action sequences. Legendary James Hong also struck a nostalgic note with me, while young Stephanie Hsu absolutely holds her own side of the family triangle. And finally, another acting legend Jamie Lee Curtis is completely at home in her mundane office clerk role as well as her crazy alter ego.
I was not sure what to expect from the trailer and even though I did not fully connect with all the crazy images and fast cuts, the movie left me with fun and over-the-top action sequences and a heartfelt ending that should resonate with any modern family.