Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) is the A24 film by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — best known for their feature directorial debut Swiss Army Man. Collectively known as Daniels, they’re recognized for being highly imaginative and talented filmmakers for coming up with absurd ideas, while elevating them with lots of sincerity and heart. This time around, they’re taking on the concept of the multiverse with an amazing cast of actors like Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis. It revolves around our main protagonist Evelyn Wang (Yeoh) who’s stressed from filling out a ton of paperwork and finishing her taxes. While talking with the IRS, strange things start happening, and now her life will forever be changed.
You’re in for a ride. Yeoh has always been acknowledged as one of the best actresses currently working in the film industry, but she really stands out in this movie. There’s a lot to appreciate about her character, especially the fact that she’s able to play different versions of Evelyn from other universes. That requires a lot of skills, which is undeniably quite difficult to accomplish. However, Yeoh does it like a champ. The rest of the cast is also fantastic, and the directors make sure they all have time to shine. It’s nice to see Quan again on the big screen, especially if you have loved him in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies. Fingers crossed he'll have more acting roles because he’s terrific here.
Visually, it’s stunning to look at. Every scene is extraordinary with remarkable cinematography and outstanding camera movements. The filmmakers are clearly fans of the moviegoing experience while making sure the audience sees their film on the biggest screen possible. The action sequences are top-notch and insanely entertaining, which takes you back to the era of martial arts flicks. The over-reliance on exposition is a little too much at times due to the multiverse, but it’s a minor flaw you can ignore in order to enjoy the rest of the movie. While it unquestionably has a ridiculous premise, it’s nonetheless a personal story for Kwan wanting to tell an authentic and beautiful story about an Asian-American family. You can tell it really means a lot to him. If you’re a huge cinephile, there are a lot of fun movie references throughout.