I can honestly say this movie has “Everything Everywhere All at Once”! Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is a married woman to Waymond Wang (Ke Huy Quan), at least for now, with a gay, yes Florida I said “gay” daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu) who happens to have a girlfriend, Becky Sregor (Tallie Medel). The family lives above their laundromat that they own along with her father, Gong (James Hong). Life is a bit normal for a working family trying to make ends meet but for Evelyn she is always sad and unhappy even more so since she is to meet with Deirdre Beaubeirdra (Jamie Lee Curtis) at the IRS about her deductions.
Once at the IRS office, something happens to Evelyn, hearing voices, her husband acting strange as well as the IRS agent. Evelyn learns that there are different universes, ones that she is able to jump back and forth into. It is her husband that approached her about the different levels of life and that Evelyn has experienced many other life styles in various other times and universes. The one thing she discovers is that people jumping in and out with her are trying to kill her including the IRS agent but that is not all, there are so many people that don’t know her that fight her in many ways to stop her. It seems that Evelyn’s own daughter, Joy, plays a central part in her many lives and in the end, it is ultimately up to Evelyn to make things better for her and all the other people she comes into contact with in life.
There is definitely a lot going on in this film but I guarantee if you make it all the way through you will find your own meaning within the excellent writing and direction of this story. At times you may feel like you’re on a bad acid trip not that I personally know what that feels like since I don’t do drugs but hey, I’ve seen other movies! The editing is extreme, the photography amazing and the music appropriate to what is going on. Martial arts and fight scenes abound throughout this story giving everyone action, drama, comedy, but most of all an adventure and a journey that just may help you to understand your own life and the people and occurrences that take place during this point of your life.
Yeoh was hands down brilliant, I love her from her other films. She is not only a beautiful older woman but an extremely talented woman at that. Hsu I am not familiar with but she definitely grew on me from her opening scene. Quan who you might remember from the movie, one of my favorites of all times, The Goonies. He still has that little boy looks and charm and does a wonderful job here as an adult. Curtis’s character is a bit rough looking but she is excellent at pulling it off, like an older woman with multiple personalities. There are numerous supporting characters like Jenny Slate who you may know from the recent movie “I Want You Back”. Definitely not meant for young audiences this film is a worthy road trip about life, love and change. As for the animals in the film there are a few but I cannot agree with the depiction of a Pomeranian used has a weapon, not cool!