Everything Everywhere All at Once stars Michelle Yeoh as a middle-aged laundromat owner who is not only struggling to keep her business but is finding it hard to have a strong relationship with both her husband (Ke Huy Quan) and her daughter (Stephanie Hsu). One day, she discovers that she is the central key to fixing a rupture within the multiverse that sends her on a journey between her various selves.
Michelle Yeoh is no stranger to the action adventure genre as she is most beloved for in Ang Lee’s Academy Award nominated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. However, as Evelyn Wang, Yeoh literally is able to tap into every character she is capable of portraying in one fell swoop – all under the guise of an immigrant mother/wife who is searching the multiverse for the best version of her life she wants to inhabit within. Not to mention, stories centering around a middle-aged woman – let alone a woman of color are very rare on the small and big screens. I was there for all of it!
To say her performance is stellar is a gross understatement, Yeoh literally is stupendous. However, this film simply does not work without the amazingly gifted Hsu, who like Yeoh, gives characterizations of women that tie the film together at its core. Her talent literally knows no boundaries. Which brings me to Ke Huy Quan and Jaime Lee Curtis. Curtis lets it all hang out and is about as raw and real as you can get on screen holding nothing back and letting the audience have it .
Quan, who made his way back to the silver screen after a 40-year hiatus, gives us young Jackie Chan vibes but turns it upside down on its head. You fall in love with him no matter what multiverse he’s in and understand why Evelyn does everything she can to make her way back to him in every single world.
The Daniels aka Daniel Kwan and Daniel Sheinert provide a showstring budget spectacle that will make Marvel and every other sci-fi genre green with envy. What these two filmmakers are able to accomplish is quite impressive and glorious to watch. From the production, costume and sound design to the cast, they are gifting audiences with Everything Everywhere All At Once.