Everything Everywhere All At Once : What you need to know

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Everything Everywhere All At Once : What you need to know

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People nowadays seem to be fascinated by the multiverse.

You’ve seen it in Spiderman: No Way Home and Into the Spider-Verse. In “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” you can see it. The multiverse is just one facet of an ongoing fascination with what-if scenarios in the real world.

What would have happened if I had said yes? What would life have been like if I had said no? These questions allowed us to spend some time imagining ourselves somewhere other than here, somewhere more enchanting and less demanding of us than our current situation.

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Evelyn Wong, played by Michelle Yeoh, is in this situation. While navigating her daughter’s coming out, Evelyn is trying to run the family laundromat, appease her father, tell her husband what to do, and organise a community get-together. She also has to deal with her taxes! (I’ve been personally targeted by the IRS and learned the hard way how many forms I need to complete.) Nobody wants to be in Evelyn’s situation, and we all have a feeling she doesn’t either.

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But fate is cruel to Evelyn in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and she is soon given a new mission: to save the multiverse from an omniversal entity by verse-jumping into alternate realities to learn new skills. She finds herself alternating between timelines in which she is a martial arts movie star, a hibachi chef, and the current, most depressing reality, in which she is fighting for her life in an IRS building.

The special effects transport the audience to these characters’ world. As Evelyn travels through space and time, she is forced to confront the questions she has been avoiding: Does she truly love her husband for who he is? Why is she so unhappy?

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When you gather all the threads of life into a ball of yarn and knit something with it, you get “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” It’s a kaleidoscope of different generations within the same family, as well as different film genres that all share the same art medium.

The film examines Evelyn’s roles as a daughter and a mother, as someone who must meet expectations as well as someone who sets them for others to meet, and connects the two to show how one has influenced the other. It combines elements that appear to be unrelated to create something new. Consider fusion cuisine, but only the good kind.

The process is both amusing and heartbreaking, with audiences laughing one moment and crying the next. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the director duo behind “Swiss Army Man” and “Turn Down For What,” didn’t waste a single line in the script, using every opportunity to serve jokes, tension builders, or both.

Waymond Wong, Evelyn’s soft-spoken and borderline useless husband, played by Ke Huy Quan, was amusing at first, especially in contrast to another Waymond from the multiverse who could defeat officers with nothing more than a fanny bag.

And yet, when he heard his wife marvel at what she has accomplished in a future they did not end up together, the light in his eyes began to dim. Heartbreaking. Devastating. Although only one line was spoken in that scene, it took me several hours to recover my composure. I’m actually crying just thinking about it, but that could be due to my allergies.

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The film improves with each viewing, and the more you look into it, the better. This place has something for everyone. The timeline that references “Ratatouille,” but set in a Japanese restaurant and with a much larger animal instead of Remy, will be understood by even casual moviegoers.

The montage of Evelyn’s Kung-Fu training and her Pinky Fury technique reminded me of when I was a tiny 8-year-old girl staying up late to watch people flying and fighting and occasionally kissing each other, as I grew up watching martial art series adapted from Chinese fiction. Maybe those late nights are why I’m not taller now, but if I could go back in time, I’d probably do the same thing.

People who have followed Yeoh’s long career will enjoy the footage of her career included in the movie star timeline just as much as Wong Kar-fans Wai’s enjoyed the way the timeline was written and filmed. Quan was channelling his inner Tony Leung here, which is a high compliment.

The Everything Bagel served as the film’s grand metaphor for life’s all-encompassingness and our fundamentally trivial existence. Life is a really big bagel, and people are the poppy seeds on top of it, according to “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” However, simply being poppy seeds is extremely difficult.

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However, if I had to choose a food metaphor for the film and the issues it seeks to address, I would choose hotpot. Life can be overwhelming at times, such as when you’re paralysed by the task of selecting from the numerous hotpot options and then anxiously dumping them all into the simmering broth. Do you prefer the bok choy or the mushroom? Are you certain that this broth complements this sauce?

But there are few things I enjoy more than hunching over the pot and waiting for the beef to cook with people I care about while the steam fogs our glasses. When I realise that my friend’s first hard-earned fish balls go into my bowl before hers, the ickiness subsides.

Many people believe that we are living in the worst timeline ever. Perhaps we are, just as our Evelyn ended up folding and ironing clothes for a living despite her immense power and potential. But even if we’re just poppy seeds on a bagel, we’re poppy seeds together. I also enjoy being a part of this massive bagel with you.

The film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is now in theatres.

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