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Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

R 132 min - Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Comedy, Fantasy - 24 March 2022
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When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bewildering dangers from the multiverse, as the fate of everything hangs in the balance. A film from Daniels and starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., with James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Storyline

When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bewildering dangers from the multiverse, as the fate of everything hangs in the balance. A film from Daniels and starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., with James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis.



Tagline: The universe is so much bigger than you realise.

Box Office

Budget:  $25,000,000
Revenue:  $856,258

Company Credits

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 12 min

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a 2022 American film that combines elements of absurdism, science fiction, comedy, and drama. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who are collectively referred to as the Daniels, the movie incorporates a diverse mix of genres such as surreal comedy, science fiction, fantasy, martial arts, and animation. The production team includes not only the Daniels but also Anthony and Joe Russo and Jonathan Wang as producers.

The narrative centers around a cast led by Michelle Yeoh, who is joined by Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., and James Hong in significant supporting roles. The film’s eclectic blend of styles and its star-studded ensemble contribute to its unique and engaging cinematic experience.

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Development and Production

The project began in 2010, with production announced in 2018. Principal photography ran from January to March 2020. Initially intended for Jackie Chan, the script was revised to feature a female protagonist, leading to Michelle Yeoh’s casting. Inspirations for the film include the works of Wong Kar-wai, the children’s book “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” and the video game “Everything.” The soundtrack, composed by Son Lux, features collaborations with notable artists like Mitski, David Byrne, André 3000, John Hampson, and Randy Newman.

Themes

The film delves into existentialism, nihilism, surrealism, absurdism, neurodivergence, depression, generational trauma, and Asian American identity. It explores the concept of a multiverse, where the protagonist, Evelyn Quan Wang, connects with her parallel selves to thwart a powerful entity.

Reception and Impact

Premiering at South by Southwest on March 11, 2022, it began a limited release in the U.S. on March 25, followed by a wide release on April 8 by A24. The film grossed over $141 million worldwide, becoming A24’s highest-grossing film. It received widespread critical acclaim, a large cult following, and significant success at the 95th Academy Awards, winning seven awards from eleven nominations. The film has been celebrated as a groundbreaking achievement in cinema, particularly for its portrayal of Asian Americans.

Plot

Evelyn Quan Wang, a Chinese-American immigrant, discovers her ability to connect with parallel universe versions of herself while being audited by the IRS. The film follows her journey as she confronts her daughter Joy’s nihilistic alter-ego, Jobu Tupaki, who threatens the multiverse with a “Everything Bagel,” a black hole-like singularity. Evelyn navigates bizarre and diverse universes, eventually embracing empathy and humanism to resolve her family’s conflicts and neutralize the threat.

Cast

The film stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn, alongside Stephanie Hsu as her daughter Joy/Jobu Tupaki. Ke Huy Quan plays Evelyn’s husband Waymond, with Jamie Lee Curtis as the IRS inspector Deirdre. The cast also includes Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., and James Hong.

Production Details

  • Development: The film’s concept evolved over a decade, with the Daniels exploring the multiverse theme. The screenplay underwent changes, including a shift in the protagonist’s gender.
  • Casting: Initially intended for Jackie Chan, the lead role was reimagined for a female character, leading to the casting of Michelle Yeoh.
  • Filming: Principal photography spanned from January to March 2020, with several locations in California. The film’s unique visual effects were largely produced in-house.

Themes and Analysis

  • Genre Blending: The film combines surreal comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and martial arts, creating a unique cinematic experience.
  • Philosophical Exploration: It delves into existentialism and nihilism, particularly through the character of Jobu Tupaki.
  • Cultural and Emotional Depth: The story touches on generational trauma, depression, and the complexities of Asian American identity.
  • Humanism and Empathy: The narrative emphasizes the power of empathy and human connection, countering nihilism and despair.

Reception and Legacy

  • Critical Acclaim: The film was lauded for its creativity, storytelling, and performances, particularly Michelle Yeoh’s.
  • Awards and Recognition: It won multiple awards, including seven Oscars, and has been recognized for its impact on independent cinema and representation of Asian Americans.
  • Cultural Impact: The film has been regarded as a significant work in modern cinema, influencing both filmmakers and audiences with its innovative approach to storytelling and its portrayal of diverse experiences.