‘Everywhere All At Once’ Stuns – Berkeley High Jacket

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a film directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and has been labeled as the newest sci-fi/action blockbuster. In reality, although action predominates, the film crosses many genre lines and tackles difficult topics such as generational trauma and the existential dilemma of what really matters in life. Everything Everywhere All at Once is an amazing film that makes the viewer think deeply about their life and our universe.

The plot follows a Chinese-American laundromat owner named Evelyn Quan Wang. When the Wang family is audited by the IRS and forced to attend a meeting with an agent, Evelyn very quickly and shockingly discovers that the multiverse exists. More than that, she was chosen as the one who must prevent an unknown being from destroying him. For context, the multiverse is the theory that there are infinite universes that are different and similar to ours in every possible way.

There is no other way to label Everything, Everywhere, All at once as anything other than executed chaos. Usually with films about the multiverse, directors take a serious tone, but Kwan and Scheinert went in a much more satirical direction.

From the ridiculous methods of travel to other universes, like eating lipstick or breaking your arm, to the universes themselves, this film never fails to be chaotically hilarious. These alternate universes show all of the potential versions of Evelyn, as well as all of the hopes and dreams she’s had throughout her life. The film shrewdly tackles serious subjects with such a comedic tone that you barely notice the film’s big impact until it’s over.

The second half of the film focuses on generational trauma and how to address and repair it. Evelyn, has certain ideas about the world and who her daughter should be, mostly because of her own childhood in another country. On Joy’s side, she struggles to feel accepted by her mother. The film shows how the trauma Evelyn went through with her father was then pushed onto Joy, which alienated her from her family. Audiences see how Evelyn’s experience leaving her family and home in China affected the way Joy was raised and the environment she grew up in.

This film also featured an extremely talented cast of well-known actors such as Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as the prolific James Hong, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan. The film was also produced by the Russo Brothers, known for their work with Marvel, and their touch is evident in the comedic action of Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Yeoh’s acting is what really brings it all together. This movie is about to get too chaotic and distant, but Yeoh’s effortless talent is one of the things that keeps the movie afloat.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is hugely entertaining and will have you laughing out loud in the movie theater, but also delves into deep, existential topics that everyone needs to think about at some point in their life.