‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ lives up to its title



In “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” audiences experience a multiverse of emotions while watching a multiverse itself.

Reese Duncan, News Editor

On Mar. 11, 2022, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was released to audiences, creating a wave of reactions and discussions about the outlandish yet emotionally affecting storyline.

Categorized as a sci-fi comedy, this film tells the story of Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a Chinese immigrant who runs a laundromat with her husband, Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) and her daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu). They are sucked down into a never-ending pile of taxes and hunted down by a particularly passionate IRS agent, named Deirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis). While in the IRS building, Evelyn is contacted by someone from another universe. She is then thrust into a new world filled with sci-fi technology and an endless multiverse. She must embark on a journey to defeat the entity that threatens to end the entire multiverse completely. 

Produced by the famed indie film company A24, many were not necessarily aware of the film before it came out. This is because it did not receive as much marketing as many big-budget blockbusters coming out in the upcoming months as a result of a smaller budget. However, upon the film’s release, audiences took to several social media platforms, especially Twitter, to share their experience and thoughts on the unique nature of the story and the emotionally impactful aspects touched on. Because of the increased internet engagement, many more went to see the movie in the weeks after it came out. This acted as an extremely efficient form of inadvertent marketing for the movie because it granted them millions more dollars of revenue. 

What many found is that the fantastical structure of the film is a main pull factor for viewers. This film does not take itself too seriously, yet it still manages to fit in some heartbreaking moments, along with some wholesome scenes to tie it all together. There is a perfect mix of comedy, action, sci-fi and emotional scenes to tie the film together into a whirlwind of the movie-watching experience. In fact, one of the main selling points of this film was the multiple films all tied together into one jam-packed journey.

An even more unique aspect of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is the impressive action scenes. Intense fighting scenes that took carefully choreographed martial arts and practical special effects keep viewers engaged. On top of this, camera movement is utilized heavily. Many of the action scenes are almost discombobulating, but they never cross the line to headache-inducing territory.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is not just another outlandish sci-fi film. It combines so many different genres to make an original and heartfelt tale that should be shared with countless generations to come.