Every once in a while, a piece of pop culture or entertainment changes our outlook and perspective on life itself or life-like situations. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws instantly transformed eager ocean swimmers into sunscreen-and-sandal- wearing spectators. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho made a lot of us realize that it was okay to take a bath. Apple’s hit television show, Ted Lasso, is teaching us all that, as much as we want to fight it, it’s okay to be nice to one another. The new film, Everything Everywhere All At Once by the Daniels (Swiss Army Man), instantly falls into this category. It is a movie that defies description, genre classification, and at times, logic. It is also a movie that will hit you like a freight train, so pack some Kleenex and some sunglasses.
Everything Everywhere All At Once stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese-American who runs a small laundromat with her husband, Waymond (Ke Huy Quan). Evelyn’s life is a chaotic mess. She spends so much time micromanaging everything and everyone in her life that she doesn’t realize that her entire life is unraveling. Her marriage is suffering, she can’t come to grips with her daughter Joy’s (Stephanie Hsu) having a girlfriend, and she is always trying to impress a father who constantly reminds Evelyn he wanted a son. On top of all that, the Wangs are in the midst of preparing for an extremely stressful IRS audit. On the way to meet her overzealous auditor, Deirdre (an outstanding and unrecognizable Jamie Lee Curtis), Evelyn is visited by an alternate version of her husband and is told the fate of the “multiverse” is in her hands. Yes, you read that correctly.
From this point forward, the film lives up to its title and begins an all-out assault on the senses, so it’s best to walk into the theater knowing as little about the film as possible. To say we have never seen anything quite like Everything Everywhere All At Once is an understatement. One moment it has the audience crying with laughter, a second later, it will break your heart. I have seen thousands of movies in my lifetime, and I can honestly say that Everything Everywhere All At Once is now in my top ten movies of all time. It is perfect!
By SCOTT PETERSON