From Doctor Strange’s Multiverse to Spider-Man’s Spider-Verse, creating multiverses is the newest trend. If you’ve seen any of those movies, you know that making a trip through thousands of different worlds and realities can be a mind-bending, head-scratching and disorientated experience. However, nothing could have prepared you for what’s to come in “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, the multiverses created by writers/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Like in their latest movie, “Swiss Army Man”, ’the Daniels’ take you on a spectacular, acid-like and strange journey worth buckling up for.
Life isn’t easy for Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh). She can barely keep her laundrette afloat, has to deal with a very dysfunctional family and is facing the dreadful trip to the tax office. Once again, it becomes clear that she can’t make ends meet, especially when IRS investigator Deirdre Beaubeirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis) looks at the dismal books and taxes. She might face jail time for tax fraud, but that’s not the worst for Evelyn.
Right before she’s being confronted with that life-defining and out-of-the-blue news, she’s being made aware by her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan), or at least a version of him, that there are a thousand universes. To prove his point, he pulls out the life path scanner, a device that shows Evelyn’s potential life paths.
The Waymond Evelyn thought she knew, comes from the “alphaverse”. His world is on the verge of being destroyed by a brutal force, and they need Evelyn to save the entire existence. But how can a woman who can’t even get her affairs in order be the saviour of the universes? You find that out during a jaw-dropping, hysterical and multidimensional journey!
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” doesn’t only have many universes but also many layers. Yes, the film is bonkers from start to finish, but that doesn’t mean the storyline has no real meaning whatsoever. You see Evelyn trying to figure out what’s the most important thing for her (business, family or a combination of both), Waymond’s search for the living the most loving, carrying and fulfilled life and Evelyn’s daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) finding out the meaning of her existence.
Which way you look at this movie, you will go on a rollercoaster full of action and emotions. The only critique we might have is that “Everything Everywhere All at Once” might be too long as the multiverses become repetitive towards the end. That being said, the Daniels make sure that you will never get bored. No matter the universe you’re in, you will see a mix of low humour, startling wit, raw action, powerful emotions and extremely creative science fiction elements.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is the long-awaited and extremely well deserved breakthrough of Yeoh. Yeoh, who for a long time had to share the spotlights with others in movies such as “Gunpowder Milkshake” and “Crazy Rich Asians”, conquers our hearts (and breaks them) as she embodies Evelyn perfectly.
No matter in which bizarre universe her character landed, Yeoh brings so much strength, tensity, heart and soul to each version of Evelyn. Her strength is also mighty during the many (and a bit over the top) fighting scenes. Whether it’s throwing office desk accessories or taking on everyone barehanded, Yeoh does it with a lot of elegance and distinction and makes it look extremely natural.
Yeoh’s comic timing and acting performance are flawless and so are her co-stars. Quan (“Finding ‘Ohana”, “Second Time Around”) is equally fantastic as he nails every aspect of his different ‘Waymonds’. He brings so much humour, wittiness, and impeccable timing to this movie, whether it’s as the more shy, reserved and affectionate husband or as the more headstrong, determined and fierce ‘Alpha-Waymond’.
The revelation of this movie is Hsu (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, “Asking For It”). When looking at her, you instantly feel the pain the loving, confused and trapped queer teenager Joy has to deal with due to societal pressures, or the powerful, villainous and dark energy from her dangerous alter ego Jobu. Hsu is an absolute master of creating emotions.
Curtis (“Halloween Kills”, “Knives Out”) is just impressive as the IRS investigator. She’s an absolute pro at switching characters at rapid speed. She goes in seconds from being a strict but sympathetic IRS investigator to a hazardous and serious one with outstanding fighting skills. The funniest and craziest scenes are certainly between her and Yeah, involving hot dogs (but not in the way you think).
When watching “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, you instantly notice that this film was made with an incredible passion for moviemaking, tons of creativity and probably also a magic mushroom or two. Not only the cast and crew but also the production and distribution company A24 did an impeccable job of bringing this movie to a worldwide audience. Their immense love for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is highly understandable because this movie is a fast-paced, powerful, bonkers and unique one, led by an impeccable Michelle Yeoh.
13th May 2022
THE QUICK SELL
An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.