Everything Everywhere All at Once – Budget of $25 million – 2 hours and 19 minutes
Evelyn prepares the paperwork for their upcoming audit. Her focus pulls her attention away from her husband, Waymond, when he tries to hand her divorce papers. Evelyn heads downstairs to deal with laundromat customers after the bell chimes. Her daughter, Joy, waits for Evelyn with Joy’s girlfriend, Becky. Joy wants Evelyn to invite Becky to the laundromat’s Chinese New Year Party. Evelyn brushes off Joy and concentrates on work.
Evelyn grabs her paperwork and goes to the IRS headquarters with Waymond and her father, Gong Gong. As they ride the elevator up, Waymond deploys an umbrella to block the camera, grabs two earbuds, and puts them in Evelyn’s ears. He tells Evelyn that he is Waymond from another universe, and he needs her help. If she wants to see him again, follow the instructions on the paper. He tells her not to mention this to her Waymond because he won’t remember.
While talking with the IRS inspector, Deirdre, Evelyn looks at the paper. It gives Evelyn 3 steps that land her in the janitor’s closet with the other Waymond. He tells her that the multiverse exists. When another Evelyn discovered you could connect to another version of yourself, they used the power to gain skills. But Jobu Tupaki wants to use this ability to destroy all the universes. Jobu knows that Evelyn is the only one who can stop her, but she doesn’t know which universe has the right Evelyn. So, she is going through each one and killing Evelyns. Waymond wants this universe’s Evelyn to tap into the other Evelyns and defeat Jobu. He believes Evelyn can because she is the most unremarkable of Evelyns. At first, Evelyn thinks this is all crazy talk. Then, Waymond and Deidre start fighting. Now Evelyn knows it’s all real, and she is in danger. Within minutes, Evelyn has to learn how to tap into the multiverse, use her powers, and fight Jobu. When she is face-to-face with her universe’s Jobu, can Evelyn kill Jobu?
This film mixes the lessons of generational pain with some of the most hilarious, painful, and outrageous fight scenes ever crafted. To tap into another universe’s skills, they have to stimulate themselves. And it gets wild with fanny packs, awards, and dogs. This 3-part film slows down towards the end and loses the audience for a while. However, the plot comes together in the last 10 minutes. The editing and camera angles are spectacular. There are subtitles, so if you need glasses, bring them. Otherwise, be ready for a visual feast.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Don’t even bother me about this because I won’t remember – Waymond
Don’t worry, Evelyn. It’s organic – Joy
No more Googley eyes – Evelyn
Hello Becky – Gong Gong