The only predictable thing about Everything Everywhere All At Once is its unpredictability. Written and directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, who are collectively known as Daniels, the hugely original film single-handedly rescues the idea of the multi-verse from the suits at Marvel Studios.
A short-lived lull before the storm introduces us to harried Chinese-American laundromat owner Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh). Her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) is seeking a divorce. An auditor wants to go over their account books. Their daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) is upset at Evelyn for not introducing her girlfriend Becky to Evelyn’s autocratic father Gong Gong (James Hong).
The auditor Deirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis) unsurprisingly turns out to be a tyrant. Waymond reveals an altogether more startling side after his body is possessed by an avatar from a parallel universe. Before Evelyn can say “What is the Matrix?”, she is sucked into a mine-bending journey across space and time, one in which she inhabits numerous personalities, including an actress straight out of a Wong Kar Wai movie, a chef, and a rock.
The “What if? question dogs Evelyn as she meets her altered daughter and husband across the universes. Could Evelyn have chosen differently and had another, more fulfilling destiny? Through…