Megan at the Movies: Everything Everywhere All at Once

The theory of the existence of multiple universes has been widely explored in movies throughout recent years. From “Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse” (2018) to the most recent Marvel movies and TV shows. But I have never seen the concept of the multiverse done as well as in “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (2022).

This movie follows Evelyn, a Chinese-American mother, played by Michelle Yeoh, who is struggling with the idea that her life, marriage, and decisions are all wrong. While getting audited, her husband Waymond, played by Ke Huy Quan, transforms into an alternate version of himself and introduces Evelyn to the multiverse. By utilizing the skills of her alternate selves, she is able to fully experience every single universe and fight the antagonist, Jubo Tupaki, who is an alternate version of her daughter, Joy, played by Stephanie Hsu.

Even though there are so many little details and moments worth mentioning, I want to talk about how I view this movie. In the movie, Jubo Tupaki, or Joy has seen and experienced every universe and has never been satisfied with any of them. In all the universes she saw, there was always something bad, something that made life horrible. When she realized she could never find a universe where she could be 100% happy, she created a black hole to destroy everything. As Evelyn jumps to different versions of herself, she comes to the same conclusion: There is not a universe where she is completely happy. But as she begins to accept Jubo Tupaki’s life view, Waymond inspires her and she sees that in every universe where there’s something bad, there’s always something good, even if you have to search to find it.

This movie quickly became critically acclaimed, receiving a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89% for audience scores. It grossed $69.8 million in the United States and Canada, $509,600 of that was made in just the opening weekend across 10 venues. Overall, this movie grossed $100 million worldwide, making it A24’s highest grossing film. This is huge not only because it tells an amazing story but because it has an Asian woman as the lead character and shows a very raw and emotional narrative that many people, especially the Asian American community, can relate to. Michelle Yeoh really embodies her role as Evelyn and absolutely killed her performance.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” has quickly become one of my favorite movies. I wanted to cry the entire time. The fact that it was filmed in under 40 days, according to a Collider interview with stars Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis, and still looked as good as it does is amazing. This movie is a 10/10 and probably ranks second or third on my top movies. I can’t wait until I get the opportunity to watch this again.