Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022): Multiverse Madness

8.2/10Everything Everywhere All at Once
Multiverse Madness

In this gloriously disordered odyssey, you wonder if the script was written on a treadmill. The story pivots from humor to heartbreak faster than a Hollywood retake, pushing the cinematic envelope until it screams uncle. Delicate themes of quantum weirdness are delivered with the grace of a squashed tomato, yet youll find yourself oddly compelled. The sheer audacity of implausible scenes appears to give logic the middle finger, but in a politely tasteful way, of course.


An anxiety-ridden laundromat owner, Michelle Yeoh, is unexpectedly thrust into saving the universe – imagine that, an anxiety-soothing twist. As she meanders through her past, present, and infinite potential futures, she encounters absurd spectacles, endearing family dilemmas, and quantum mechanics inspired lunacy. The plot, fragmented and constantly shape-shifting, is like an unsolvable Rubiks Cube on a cosmic scale.


While it’ll stretch your paradigm of normalcy, the plot has more holes than a cheap colander. The storyline, abandoning all sense of arrangement, swerves into blind corners with the grace of a drunken elephant. Although wildly entertaining, even the director seems puzzled by the direction sometimes.

For its sins of incoherence, it redeems itself with exceptional acting skills, humor, and occasionally, flashes of brilliance. It uses metaphorical visuals to veer away from convention, but its unpredictability rapidly descends into anarchy. Thankfully, the performances are so compelling that you find yourself forgiving the abundance of WTF moments. However, without a stable anchor, the narrative struggles to sink in, bobbing up and down on a sea of self-indulgent surrealism. Worth the watch, if sheer audacity tickles your fancy.

Director duo Kwan and Scheinert delicately juggle humor and gravitas, with a tinge of absurdity. Performances by Yeoh and co-star Ke Huy Quan echo relatability despite the bizarre storyline. Simultaneously engaging and disorienting, the acting saves the day when the plots quirkiness threatens to overstep. Their world might be a hot mess, but its a compelling one.


A monument to cinematic anarchy, this film is an entertainment piñata – you never know what youre going to get. Despite its dizzifying complexity, I found myself oddly charmed. Is it perfect? Nope. Is it conventional? Double nope. But its the perfect escapade for those bored with Hollywoods habit of playing it safe. Diving headfirst into quantum chaos, it appeals to anyone who enjoys musing over the blend of oxymoronic existential serenity. As they say: one persons nonsense is anothers quantum mechanics.