Taxes are complicated. The answer to everything in the universe can be found in an everything bagel. And in some way, split off sub-verse of the multiverse, we are all boulders. Or at least that is what Everything Everywhere All at Once has taught us and we kind of have to agree. Maybe not the boulder thing, but who knows. A24 and directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert have described the film as a sci-fi action-adventure that will have you laughing in your seats and also pulling at your heartstrings. So does it live up to the hype? Of course!

DISCLAIMER: We will be trying to keep things spoiler-free for Everything Everywhere All at Once, but some minor details may sneak through. So proceed at your own risk!

Evenlyn protecting Waymond and Joy in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Everything Everywhere All at Once follows a Chinese American woman named Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) who just can’t seem to finish her taxes. Pile on the stress of owning a laundry mat, struggles with her young adult daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu), the tension in her marriage with Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) and trying to make her father (James Hong) proud, and poor Evelyn is in way over her head. And if that wasn’t enough, she learns from alpha-verse Waymond that an interdimensional rupture is unraveling reality and she is the only one who can stop it.

The film is a mind-bending adventure. From the moment we sat in our seats until it was time to leave, we laughed, cried and questioned the logistics of verse-jumping to acquire new skills. Everything Everywhere All at Once takes its verse-jumping very seriously, but not at the same time. We get a good enough understanding of what is happening without the typical over-the-top world-building we would find in more traditional sci-fi films. It makes just enough sense that we understand but never enough that we get lost in it.

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As Evelyn faces off against these new evils spilling over into her subverse, she connects with different versions of herself. This could lead to some exciting action sequences or over-the-top hilarious jokes. And that doesn’t even touch on what someone needs to do in order to meet the qualifications to make the jump. For those who are squeamish, this might be what tips you over the edge. But, the laughs that follow are worth the “oh no” moments leading up to them.

Diedre sitting next to Evelyn outside of the laundry mat looking tried and worn out in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

One of our favorite parts of Everything Everywhere All at Once was the fight scenes. Yeoh’s martial arts experience really shined through as she fought her way through the IRS building. The fights were delightfully choreographed, which makes sense since the other-Evelyn our Evelyn taps into is a martial arts movie star. Quan’s return to the big screen also boasts some pretty epic martial arts and acting skills. The way he seamlessly slips between the sweet Waymond to the hardened alpha-verse Waymond gave us whiplash.

Setting aside the comedy, sci-fi and action found within the film leaves us with a heart-wrenching story about a family just trying to make it through another day. Evelyn and Joy struggle to find common ground and acceptance with each other’s choices in life. This is something that most people in parent-children relationships can understand. What makes the performance even more heartwarming is the cast. Yeoh, Hsu and Quan feel like a family alongside Hong. We couldn’t imagine anyone else in these roles.

Overall, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a must-see epic adventure and we suggest (if you are comfortable) going to see it in a theater. The action and high-paced scenes play out great on the big screen and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for funny little tidbits that appear throughout. Plus, you won’t want to miss Jamie Lee Curtis, Harry Shum Jr. and Jenny Slate in some of the most hilarious moments we have seen on screen.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is now in theaters!

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Julia Roth
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