Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once ★★★★★

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Everything Everywhere All At Once chooses to go further than most multiversal films, pushing its multiple universes beyond the boundaries of what audiences might be expecting. It's a fast-paced, hilarious, and emotional journey that delivers its heartfelt moments in the unlikeliest of places. This film continues the Daniels trend with bloody murder-dildos, weaponized snot, and a fast-paced, hilarious anal-insertion war. But it’s also an achingly honest examination of despair, cynicism, anger, and ennui, all leading up to a message that’s all the more moving because before it asserts that life is worth living, it stares deep into the abyss, considering all the reasons why people might think otherwise.

There are so many things that make Everything Everywhere All At Once different from other movies within this genre, but one of them is that the Evelyn that we are following is not the ideal version. We are following the worst version of Evelyn, the one with the least accomplishments and the one that has the least skills.  She is the one that is good at nothing, and that is the hero of our film. She has to grapple with the fact that small changes could have made her life better and how hard it is not to get caught up in those "what if?" questions and how they impact the life she is fighting for. We have all wondered what would have happened if we made different decisions at important moments in our lives. Evelyn gets answers to those questions, and the answer seems to be, "your life would have been better." Or would it have been? This is the journey all of us are on. And what a journey it is. Rarely have we seen a movie that explores the real concept of what the multiverse actually looks like. 

Indeed, the film contains as much emotional maturity as it does cool concepts and ostentatious images. At its core, it is a story about love and family, carried by the dazzling Yeoh in a subtle and unsentimental performance. Inherent in parallel universes, Evelyn learns, is the notion that a single choice can change the trajectory of one’s entire life. In tear-jerking flashbacks, she recalls the moment that she and Waymond decided to get married—a decision Evelyn’s parents shunned her for. Through these flashbacks, the Daniels ask us if we could watch our lives play out a different way, would we dare to look? It serves the film’s emotional epicenter greatly that Evelyn is awarded so much complexity—from her cruelty to her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) and her flippancy to Waymond, to her generally harried demeanor and unmatched comic timing.

For a movie that is genuinely about everything everywhere all at once, Everything’s emotional undertones and themes are remarkably controlled. Whenever Evelyn flips from one ‘verse to another, there is a sense that she is on a journey not to comprehend the vastness of the universe, but to reconcile her own place within it. And for such a big ask, the mission feels extraordinarily simple. It’s hard to make a movie about the multiverse. It’s even harder to make a movie about the meaning of life. The Daniels somewhat miraculously accomplish both. The contents of Everything feels like a wild, loose brainstorm of all of the pieces one could possibly put together in a film about the multiverse. The Daniels have really outdone themselves with this one, I had a blast seeing this in theatres and until now it still hasn’t left my mind. There will never be enough words to describe a film of this caliber, one could only dream of it. Everything everywhere all at once takes a dive into one’s self, exploring the endless possibilities of the multiverse, how one small change in decisions could lead to a whole new infinite amount of possibilities. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have the question “What if” in my head, The Daniels have portrayed that thought process through their work brilliantly and they deserve all the love and praise for it. Also I will never get the neon green scene of Evelyn and Waymond out of my head, pure CINEMA. 

I guess Everything Everywhere All at Once can be boiled down to one, simple question, it would be reflexive of its own title: Can you really have everything everywhere all at once?
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