Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for youth to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following article contains spoilers for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is a mother, business owner, mixed martial arts specialist, famous actress…and the list goes on and on. In Everything Everywhere All at Once, she starts as a stressed-out mother and owner of a laundromat, just looking to get her taxes done. Her relationship with her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) is hanging on by a thread, and her relationship with her husband, Waymond (Ke Huy Quan), isn’t much better.
While on a stressful trip to the IRS, Evelyn comes face to face with her husband from the alphaverse. It turns out that there is a multidimensional war is happening, and Evelyn is the world’s only hope. So she does what anyone would when faced with saving humanity – she ignores it. That is until she learns that the one trying to bring an end to it all is her daughter from another dimension, who goes by Jobu Tupaki.
As she navigates the different universal paths, Evelyn learns what her life could have been. She could have been an award-winning actress. A rock. A woman with hot dogs for fingers. Or even a famous chef. But in the end, it all comes back to the current Evelyn, who learns to use all her abilities to help in her fight against Jobu Tupaki. But it isn’t her fighting skills and physical prowess that save the world; it’s opening her heart to her daughter and repairing the family’s relationship.
The Real Deal:
Evelyn Wang is the real deal. Everything Everywhere All at Once doesn’t hold back in the goofy, over-the-top action. But it also doesn’t hold back when it comes to pulling at our heartstrings. Evelyn isn’t perfect in the slightest, making her a character viewers can understand and connect with. Being a Chinese immigrant, she struggles with connecting with Joy, who was raised in a culture with differing values.
Evelyn also struggles with running her own business and connecting with her husband. But when faced with a world-ending situation, Evelyn steps up to the plate and works to put aside her problems and reconnects with her husband and daughter to save everyone.
Why She Matters:
So, why does Evelyn matter? Aside from being a character that a vast majority of people can connect with and understand, she helps provide much-needed representation. Michelle Yeoh leads this film with incredible enthusiasm and proves that women over the age of 50 belong as leading heroines in film. Evelyn Wang shows us that even middle-aged Chinese immigrants with overbearing parents, struggling marriages and daughters who want nothing to do with them can save the world.
So, be like Evelyn Wang. When called upon to save the world, tap into your inner abilities, embrace your family and remember that no matter how old you are, you are worthy and can change the world.
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