Yongene Wong’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've always felt lost.
Like my life has gone astray, yet everything around me is still intact. Physically, I am here, but mentally, I have been taken away.
Living a life of complacency, day by day, having dreams but not being able to accomplish anything at all; the fear instilled in all of us. We dream of the world, but will the world allow the dream to be given to us? Even if it was not handed, but one that was continuously and endlessly laboured for?
Sometimes, the feeling is to an extreme; it surges throughout me, where all I can feel is distress. About everything. Everywhere. All at once.
There are so many things we can do in our lives. We can think about all the what-ifs, all of the daydreams, all of the singular moments in time where one decision could've had the impact to change absolutely everything, and yet, perhaps it is best that we don't. The world is endlessly turning and rotating; it waits for no one. Sometimes there is nothing we can do but dream; we can dream of success, of happiness, and of love. We crave what we don't have.
But perhaps what we have in front of us is the most important part about everything in life. It's not about the allure of fame, the potential success of our lives, our personal gain, or even our need to feed our ego - perhaps all we need is right in front of us. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is a film that doesn't hold back - it is an endless barrage of nihilistic maximalism, subjecting its viewer to endless amounts of self-hatred, self-doubt, and anxiety about a woman who believes that her life is falling apart. but throughout all of this, throughout all of the Wong Kar Wai homages, all of the success stories, all of the failures, and all of the hotdog fingers, maybe the answer lies within not what could've been but what we are able to do right now.
One step at a time. One person at a time. From a mother to a daughter. From loss to love. We take a step at everything. Everywhere. All at once. One step at a time.