It’s a tale of two movies: Indie blockbuster darling Everything everywhere all at oncea critical and commercial success that gives Michelle Yeoh a role truly worthy of her talent, and The gray man, the kind of cashing mediocrity that has come to define Netflix’s attempts at original filmmaking. The two films share a common element, the production company AGBO, run by Joe and Anthony Russo. Now they’re joining forces, as Yeoh has joined the Russos’ upcoming Netflix movie, electrical condition. The film is set to star Chris Pratt and Millie Bobby Brown, and Brian Cox, Jenny Slate, Jason Alexander and the internet’s favorite cocktail party, Stanley Tucci, have also joined the cast.
As with many AGBO projects, electrical condition is an adaptation, this time of a graphic novel by Simon Stålenhag about a teenage girl (Brown) who searches for her brother in a retro-futuristic Western wasteland. She’s accompanied by a little robot and a mysterious wanderer – I bet Pratt plays the wanderer – and the novel features some truly memorable imagery, such as giant rubber ducks destroyedand a series of weird”combat drones», the remnants of the conflict that marred this alternative American landscape of the 1990s.
The potential of electrical condition to be adapted as a feature film with stunning, otherworldly visuals is high… but maybe not with the Russos. Their characteristics came to be defined by a gray glop, an issue that worsened throughout their tenure with Marvel and crescendos in The gray man. The cast they’ve assembled is impressive as hell, but I’m way more worried about how it’s going to end up looking like. Maybe Michelle Yeoh, PhD, will be able to save the Russos from themselves and spare us more grayness. Whether electrical condition is rendered as visual oatmeal, I will cry.