Everything Everywhere All At Once: Don’t Read This Review, Just Go Watch It

Jack Rose, Cav-Culture Editor

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Everything Everywhere All At Once is fantastic. The Daniels (Swiss Army Man) once again show their incredible partnered directing style at its best. Everything stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger) as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant who runs a failing laundromat while taking care of her family. Very quickly her struggles are set up: her business is under an audit, her husband is filing for divorce, and she’s not sure how to comprehend her daughter’s sexuality. The film’s start feels like a drama about a suffering family before things begin getting weird.

Her husband, Waymond, begins flashing into another version of himself, telling Eveyln about the multiverse and the looming threat of Jobu Tupaki. Continuously jumping between martial artist and sweet, clueless husband Ke Huy Quan’s (The Goonies) performance of Wamond’s is one of the best of the movie. 

While traversing through the multiverse, Evelyn’s journey brings her together with a large group of interesting characters. Stephanie Hsu (Be More Chill) plays Joy, Evelyn’s estranged daughter who’s sexuality remains hidden from Gong Gong, Evelyn’s traditional father. James Hong (Mulan) as Gong Gong, and Hsu both flex their acting skills while jumping between several multiverse characters throughout the film’s duration. 

Everything’s plot jumps around so much it can be hard to follow, yet it still finds the perfect times to deliver its messages about the struggles of family and the immigrant experience. The film’s comedic moments and fast-paced action pair well with the slower scenes exploring Evelyn’s conflicts and struggles. However, despite its jumpy plot, Everything’s messages are clear and are explored well.

Words cannot explain how amazing this movie is without any spoilers. If you haven’t already, go watch Everything Everywhere All At Once, and experience for yourself what it means to watch a quality movie.

When every other film is a fast paced action adventure about a wizard family that drives cars and collects infinity stones, it’s nice to know that real movies still exist. While our world continues into a multiverse frenzy, few films will remain as stand outs in a growing realm of madness. Bogged down by years of poorly done films about the worlds beyond our own, good multiverse stories occasionally shine through, such as 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, and on the occasion, multiverse stories can be better than good. They can truly be Everything.