Almost everyone has felt directionless at some point in their life. Tackling figuring out life’s purpose and how to reach your full potential is overwhelming, and “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” expresses the chaos of masterfully navigating endless life decisions. A mix of sci-fi, martial arts action and comedy, “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” centers on Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a Chinese immigrant juggling her struggling laundromat business, family obligations, and introducing her newly released daughter’s girlfriend to the family.
The film’s down-to-earth tone is turned upside down when Evelyn’s charming and naive husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) is suddenly possessed by a version of himself from another dimension. The alternate dimension Waymond introduces Evelyn to a concept called a “multiverse jump”, which becomes the film’s main plot mechanism. To gain the abilities of her multidimensional self and defeat the dimension-hopping villain Jobu Tupaki, Evelyn must renegotiate all the life decisions that led to her current station – but this new ability threatens to undo her core identity and beliefs. about who she really is. is. The multiverse leap throughout the film is the source of its most thrilling set pieces, which combine skillfully choreographed martial arts fight scenes, comedic detours to absurd alternate realities, and references to other iconic movies throughout. the story. Evelyn frantically bounces between all possible realities, from an elegant Wong Kar-wai-inspired reality in which she is an internationally renowned martial arts actress to an absurd world where human fingers look like hot dogs.
The film’s high stakes and high-energy pace are offset by Michelle Yeoh’s likable and grounded performance in the lead role. Despite the dissonant nature of the infinite dimensions she inhabits, Evelyn’s development never feels overshadowed by the film’s sci-fi mechanics. Her journey to overcome her underlying feelings of regret and inadequacy is central to her decisions, and the endless possibilities presented by the multiverse serve as a symbol of her unrealized potential hanging over her. The intergenerational conflict between Evelyn and her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu), the guilt she feels for choosing a path her parents didn’t approve of, and the pressure of being a matriarch in a struggling immigrant family are all reflected in the film. your overflowing. Ultimately, the film makes the case for compassion and forgiveness as vehicles for achieving the best version of ourselves.
During the Q&A after the film’s screening, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the film’s makers, said that when making the film, the two things they would never compromise on were the quality of the scenes. action and scenes that make the audience cry. . Their distinct and resolute vision resulted in one of the most imaginative, hilarious and poignant films in recent memory.