An epic and hilarious story with an intimate tale of family and love at its heart.
I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed Everything Everywhere All at Once. I knew I would, but I was completely swept up in the tale, it’s toying with the multi-verse, and letting Michelle Yeoh show off all of her acting and fighting skills. I never knew she had such a hand for comedy.
I knew that Ke Huy Quan played her husband, and I was delighted to see him back on the screen. Following his turn in Temple of Doom, The Goonies, and the short-lived series Nothing is Easy, and a couple of other entries, he seemed to slip away from the business. Now, he’s back with a vengeance – he is at the top of his game in this film, and he turns in a solid portrayal of Raymond, Evelyn’s (Yeoh) husband.
The pair, along with Evelyn’s father, Gong Gong (James Hong) are dealing with their failing laundromat and having their numbers audited by the IRS agent Dierdre (Jamie Lee Curtis). Everlyn has a lot going on, not only is the laundromat in trouble, but Raymond is asking for a divorce, and her daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu) has come out, and no one can figure out how to break it to grandfather.
Through a series of strange interactions with Raymond from another universe, she learns of decision trees, and how each choice creates new outcomes, and new universes, and now something, someone, is threatening all of it, and Evelyn may be the only one able to save all of them!
Fantastic fight sequences, absolutely bonkers ideas and creations, and solid performances by everyone involved make this film a wonderfully unique and enjoyable experience. It embraces its ideas and while it makes for a fun screening, there are layers to the film, things that can be picked up on repeated viewings, or just eagle-eyed viewers.
It’s a joy.
Michelle Yeoh is absolutely captivating in her turn as Evelyn, watching her incorporate different skills and abilities and the universes they came from. Exceptional visual effects, sharp writing, brave performances and a strong emotional core makes this one to watch, treasure, and watch again. Curtis seems to be having the time of her life, Yeoh is fantastic, Victor Hong is a treasure, and I loved, absolutely loved seeing the return of Ke Huy Quan to the big screen.
The changing frames and formats, the costumes, the performances and oh so many bonkers moments. Everything Everywhere at Once is exceptional! Check it out, and then check it out again. So good!! There’s not a single moment in the film that didn’t work for me.
I loved it.