Everything Everywhere All At Once movie review: The first great film of 2022

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I finally had the opportunity to catch the most talked-about film (outside The Batman) of the first quarter of 2022, Everything Everywhere All At Once. So today, I share my review of the film and whether or not you should check it out when it comes out in theaters.

If you are not familiar with the Daniels (Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert) work, they are the pair behind one of my favorite movies of 2016, Swiss Army Man. They have a unique style of story-telling that blends an insane world-building with a heartfelt script along the way.

“What can be worst than death?,” Everything Everywhere All At Once 

Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) and Waymond Wang (Ke Huy Quan) are in the middle of a marriage on the verge of divorce, a failed business struggling with the IRS, and a family dynamic that they aren’t sure they are capable of being together. The couple, along with Evelyn’s dad, are on their way to the IRS office to sit down with their tax rep Deirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis). While they are in the elevator, Evelyn’s husband Waymond (or so she thinks it’s her husband) gives her all these grand details on how her life is in jeopardy and they need her help. At this moment, we learn about the multiverse that we will be spending a lot of time in over the next two hours.

While Evelyn weaves in and out of this universe, she sees what life might have possibly looked like without Waymond. Whether it was a big kung-fu movie star, a chef, maybe a woman settled down with a hotdog for fingers, many different things could have been. For you, the reader, I will stop right here and say I won’t divulge any more details regarding the film as I don’t want to give away key plot points or spoil anything for you. So go into this movie with as little idea of what’s ahead. Everything Everywhere All At Once follows an aging Chinese immigrant swept into this insane multiverse where she can save the world by connecting pieces of lives she could have led.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is the first great film of 2022

Within this multiverse that Daniels has presented us, we notice and see so much of ourselves in Evelyn that we see moments where we have possibly zigged instead of zagged and we look back and wonder if we made the right move. One of the more profound things about their writing is how they make every piece of their puzzle relatable. It might not be in the same mannerisms that you typically see in a film, but it explores it in ways we don’t often see.

I talked about how much I loved the script (I could talk for hours about it) but let’s look at some other things I loved about this movie. First, the action sequences are PERFECT! It’s funny to watch a film like Morbius early in the day and the fight sequences don’t even come close to this film. I was blown away by the crazy way they incorporated so many different things into each fight, but the hand-to-hand combat is out of this world.

Everything Everywhere All At Once’s Michelle Yeoh delivers the performance that we will be talking about for years

Next, the ensemble cast, led by Michelle Yeoh, is downright brilliant. Yeoh has no easy task in this film. She wears multiple hats that have to show different emotions, different restraints and she handles each with such perfection that you are blown away by her work. Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis are equally brilliant, but the other massive standout to me was Stephanie Hsu. She played Joy Wang, the daughter of Evelyn and Waymond. Her arc in this film might have been my favorite and all the layers I mentioned that Yeoh had to present, Hsu did as well and did it without missing a beat.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I loved this movie. The type of film might be a little intimidating to the casual movie-goer as the Daniels style isn’t one size fits all, but I encourage you to check out this movie with an open mind and watch a different take on a story that we have seen many times.

Everything Everywhere All At Once hits theaters on April 8, 2022. 

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