Everything Everywhere All At Once Review – Brilliance in Chaos

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Everything Everywhere All At Once is the sort of film that finds pure brilliance in epic chaos. As the movie seems like it throws every random thing one can think of at us, there’s (unbelievably) a structure to it all. Through this structured chaos, we see the most unexpected objects used as instruments of destruction. It’s a risky and vulgar creative decision that ultimately pays off. Because who would’ve thought that you could use something as simple as a fanny pack or butt plug as a weapon? The best part about it is that it fits in with the flick’s crucial story elements. 

Through all of the chaos, Everything Everywhere remains focused on the themes of self-discovery and family. At the heart of this story is Evelyn. She’s detached from her loved ones and stuck in her way of thinking. Though the chaotic nature of Everything Everywhere All At Once may be fun to watch, it also serves a purpose. Having a straightlaced and anxious character like Evelyn do odd and random actions is the movie’s way of freeing Evelyn from her old ways. The anarchy is deliberate and meant to push Evelyn past her comfort zone and discover things about herself that she never knew about.

As someone who grew up watching Michelle Yeoh’s (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) movies from a young age, I’ve seen her portray different types of characters in all sorts of films. Her performance in Everything Everywhere is easily her best. Of course, she can rock it during the film’s stunning action sequences. However, her performance in this film shows that she isn’t just a butt-kicker, but she can act her tail off too. 

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a film that finds pure brilliance in epic chaos.

Although Evelyn is the focal point of the film, her family also partakes in her journey and goes through an arc of discovery as well. The intertwining of everyone’s emotional journies is where the heart and soul of Everything Everywhere lies. As Waymond, Ke Huy Quan (The Goonies) seamlessly jumps between a clumsy and optimistic dad to a man-of-action. While Yeoh does play different versions of her character, they are all separated in their respective multiverses. On the other hand, Quan has to fluctuate between versions of himself in one setting constantly. Both Yeoh and Quan’s performances are demanding, and they effortlessly knock it out of the park. 

Everything Everywhere All at Once may also be a career-defining role for Stephanie Hsu (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). Like Yeoh, she’s heartbreaking and hilarious as Evelyn’s daughter, Joy. Also, Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) openly goes all-in on the ridiculousness with her character, Deirdre Beaubeirdra. If the time calls for her to give a hammy performance, Curtis does it with great enthusiasm. At the same time, if the scene calls for her character to be tender, she can melt our hearts.

Overall, Everything Everywhere All At Once is an eccentric film that should not work at all. Yet, Daniels’ brilliant use of comedy, action, and drama showcase their directorial strengths in ways you would never expect. With so many people talking about the multiverse these days, Everything Everywhere All At Once provides a fresh perspective on a concept that’s ready to blow the doors wide open in Hollywood.

Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

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