A24 knocks it out of the park with Everything Everywhere All At Once
From directing and writing team The Daniels, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a beautiful sci-fi action masterpiece that hops between genres like different universes. It is a fresh take on the ongoing multiverse concept. Martial arts cinema legend Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) portrays Evelyn, a woman going through the mother of all mid-life crises. First, her laundromat business is failing and being audited (by a soulless IRS agent hilariously played by Jamie Lee Curtis). Her relationship with her daughter is failing. Finally, unbeknownst to her, her lovable husband plans to ask her for a divorce.
Fan-favorite Ke Huy Quan returns to the big screen to play Evelyn’s cheerful husband.
You may remember him as Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies. His character’s alternate universe counterpart recruits her into a conflict that spans infinite universes and timelines. He needs this specific version of Evelyn because out of all the different versions of herself, she has the most potential. Sadly, this is because she is the only one that never really did anything meaningful with her life. Other Evelyns made different choices leading to different destinies and achievements that include being a superstar actress or a martial artist.
This movie examines the ennui and despair of living in the modern day through the prism of the multiverse. It focuses on how impossible it is to conceive all the different paths life can take you based on every little decision one makes. For the conflict, she ingeniously can use the skills from all other versions of herself to make her the perfect person to stand against the all-powerful villain.
EEAAO really shines when the specifics of the sci-fi plot blur as the action ignites and the relatable themes shine through. It plays out like a live-action kung fu episode of Rick & Morty. There is one fight scene involving adult toys that had the audience roaring.
I give Everything Everywhere All at Once 5 out of 5 stars. It is a beautiful sci-fi film that could only be made now. It’s hilarious, heart-wrenching, and highly relevant. And Michelle Yeoh has never been better.
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