Everything Everywhere All at Once is an absurdist sci-fi comedy directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert who co-produced it with Anthony and Joe Russo. It was released by A24.
Evelyn Quan (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) are handling the IRS, which is trying to audit their laundromat. Evelyn is also dealing with her overbearing father Gong (James Hong) and the growing distance between her and her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu). While meeting with Agent Deirdre Beaubeirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis), Waymond suddenly changes, claiming that he is from a different universe and that an enemy is targeting her. As they dodge multiple enemies, Evelyn witnesses several bizarre other versions of herself including one where humans have hot dog fingers. She is more shocked to discover that her daughter Joy is the one who intends to destroy the multiverse.
I spoke to a few people who told me that I just had to see this film and that it was one of the best of the year. After having trouble tracking it down, I finally took their advice. I can report back that my acquaintances did not exaggerate and that I was blown away by how good it was.
This sort of absurdist humor is not for everyone but was just right for me. It combined slapstick, banter, dark, and other forms of comedy and rolled it up in this science fiction story about the multiverse. The cast does such an amazing job on their delivery and Michelle Yeoh was the perfect lead for the plot. She is talented and truly delivered an award-worthy performance.
A few of the dimensions were a little weird. There was one that parodies Pixar with a raccoon controlling a chef instead of a rat. The aforementioned one with hot dog fingers. One where everyone was a rock. As you watched it, you began to wonder if there are so many universes, why does this one matter? That was the nature of the film, asking this question. Instead, we find out that it’s not life that does not matter, but the fact that there are more universes.
That was what was so beautiful about all of the events in the movie. Live in the moment and be with the ones you love. It was a wonderful message that often gets lost in the nihilism of Hollywood. This story was about finding meaning and love exactly where you are.
Bottom line, Everything Everywhere All At Once has a redeeming message buried in its bizarre and absurd story. The amazing performances and the overall plot make it one incredible tale.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Bizarre images, Foul language, Moderate violence, Some inappropriate humor
FAVORITE QUOTE: You think because l’m kind that it means I’m naive, and maybe I am. It’s strategic and necessary. This is how I fight.
Check out the trailer below:
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