Yeoh Is Fun but “Everything Everywhere” Just Wears You Down.



“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a queer film, a domestic drama and a ‘“Matrix”-inspired take on the theory that we live in just one of millions of possible parallel universes. Each universe containing a different version of ourselves, and each based on the innumerable decisions that we have made since the moment we were born.

Everything Everywhere.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Michelle Yeoh is Evelyn Wang, a Chinese-American woman who runs a struggling laundromat with her husband, Waymond (Ke Huy Quan). The laundromat is being audited by the IRS as a result of Evelyn incorrect filing of their taxes. The auditor, Deirdre, is played by a deliciously frumpy Jamie Lee Curtis who has a reputation of hanging on to her victims like a pitbull until she acquires her particular pound of flesh. But Evelyn’s world is filled with multiple sadness. Waymond wants to divorce her, Gong Gong (Cantonese: “grandfather”), has just arrived from China; and Evelyn’s daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) has been trying to get Evelyn to accept her girlfriend, Becky (Tallie Medel)

Everything Everywhere.

Michelle Yeoh

Of all the Evelyn’s, in all the parallel universes, our “Laundromat Evelyn” has made the worst decisions in life. Forced by Waymond to leave China, she left behind a promising career as a dancer. So, when the parallel universes start to collide, thanks to the machinations of daughter Joy’s parallel evil twin Jobu Tupaki, it is our Evelyn who is chosen to save our universe from obliteration. The reasoning is a bit convoluted but it goes something like this: Evelyn’s mind so devoid of ideas that she has the greatest potential for growth and thus the greatest prospect of transforming into a superhero.

Everything Everywhere.


Remember how good Yeoh was in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. This is a similar tongue-in-cheek, highly physical performance. Unfortunately, the film’s directors, the Daniels (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), are all style and very little substance. Eventually, the movie just wears you down and wears you out.


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