In Everything Everywhere All at Once, the filmmakers masterfully embrace the absurdity of life to explore deep philosophical concepts such as family dynamics and existential crises. The film follows the journey of Evelyn, a launderette owner struggling to break free from her father’s disapproving gaze and her own patriarchal hang-ups. As she discovers the existence of a multiverse with millions of versions of herself, she navigates through her complicated relationships with her daughter, husband, and the IRS agent who’s auditing her.
Stephanie Hsu delivers an exceptional performance that stands out against a cast of familiar faces. However, it is Michelle Yeoh’s portrayal of several intriguing interpretations of her character that draws on her storied cinematic career and brings depth and nuance to the role. Yeoh is undoubtedly a strong contender for the Best Actress Oscar, making her character’s journey even more compelling to watch.
Ke Huy Quan’s return to the big screen after many years away is marked by a heartfelt and authentic portrayal of Evelyn’s doting husband. Although he may be out-acted by his female counterparts, Quan’s performance showcases his talent and adds to the film’s overall quality. The addition of Jamie Lee Curtis adds a much-needed dose of humor to the absurdity of the plot.
While the film blends several genres to uncover universal truths, it does rely heavily on sensationalism to cover up plot inefficiencies. Despite this, Everything Everywhere All at Once offers a unique and entertaining experience that challenges viewers to embrace the absurdity of life, the universe and everything.