A full-length action-hero feature that forefronts Michelle Yeoh is a blessing in itself, but just as its multiverse continues to swell and develop, the gift of Everything Everywhere All at Once keeps on giving. In 1999, Being John Malkovich (Charlie Kaufman) dealt with the absurdity of existentialism in a similar, genre-rebellious way, but this 2022 film is able to combine the harsh banalities of modern life with a huge yet intricate sci-fi storyline in a way that could only make sense against the backdrop of late-stage capitalism.
Visually sensational and with a dedication to telling the story of Evelyn Quan Wang (Yeoh), an Asian-American mother and struggling small business owner whose dissatisfaction with life is thrown into symbolic farce when she discovers that she is only one Evelyn occupying only one universe. While attempting to file taxes during an IRS audit of her family laundromat, she learns that she must connect with parallel universe versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from causing the destruction of the multiverse. Throughout this quest, we are introduced to places, people and things both bizarre and breathtaking, but the film stays grounded as we dissect Evelyn’s familial relationships and understanding of herself.