Everything Everywhere All At Once trailer, cast, reviews – and everything you need to know about this genre-mashing movie

Michelle Yeoh stars in Everything Everywhere All At Once

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Everything Everywhere All At Once is the mind-blowing, head-spinning, genre-hopping, rulebreaking ride of your life.

From the chaotic Everything Everywhere All At Once trailer to the critical acclaim, here’s why you need to stop what you’re doing and book tickets now.

Everything Everywhere All At Once release date: May 13th

Everything Everywhere All At Once background – why is there a buzz about Everything Everywhere All At Once?

A wise man once said that less is more. He obviously never saw Everything Everywhere All At Once. With their second movie, renegade writer-directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – collectively known as the Daniels – tear up rulebooks, trolleydash across genres and flick a lit match at the petrol-soaked conventions of Hollywood.

It’s a martial arts film. No, it’s a sci-fi. Actually, it’s more like an action movie. Hang on, now it’s an animation. No wonder The New York Times’ breathless review of Everything Everywhere All At Once praised this movie as “messy and glorious… a swirl of genre anarchy”. And there’s plenty more critical acclaim where that came from (see below).

“We made Everything Everywhere All At Once for us and the weirdos in the world that we knew we connect with,” Dan Kwan told Slant. “We didn’t expect general audiences to really eat it up. In the last five or six years that it took us to make this film, something has changed. Now the world is ready to absorb this absurdity and profundity at the same time, which is really cool.”

 

Everything Everywhere All At Once plot – what happens in Everything Everywhere All At Once?

Deep breath. The Daniels’ movie starts out as a gritty slice-of-life drama. Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is the Chinese-American owner of a struggling laundromat, heading towards divorce from her geeky husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan), exasperated by her ailing father Gong Gong (James Hong) and the subject of an IRS tax investigation into her business.

Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All At Once

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With us so far? Good, because it’s about to get weird. When the Wangs attend a meeting at IRS headquarters with tax officer Deirdre Beaubeirdra (played by Jamie Lee Curtis, no less), Waymond’s body is suddenly taken over by an alternate version of himself from a parallel dimension called the Alphaverse. Evelyn’s sort-of husband tells her that she too is just one of a squillion variants: all the women she could have been if she’d made different life choices, each one existing in a separate universe.

So why is this downtrodden version of Evelyn of such interest to the Alphaverse? Because she alone has the skills to defeat “agent of pure chaos” Jobu Tapaki (Stephanie Hsu) – a variant of Evelyn’s own teenage daughter, Joy, who has created a black hole known as the ‘everything bagel’, capable of destroying every last universe. And yes, it’s literally a bagel.

 


Everything Everywhere All At Once themes – what is this movie really about?

The Daniels’ movie might pinball even faster than Doctor Strange 2, but don’t mistake it for meaningless chaos. At the heart of Everything Everywhere All At Once are a string of common themes that take up residence in your subconscious during the movie, then rattle around your headspace long after you’ve left the ODEON.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once

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According to The Guardian’s Charles Bramesco, for instance, the bagel represents much more than baked goods. “The bagel of doom and its tightening grip on Evelyn's Gen Z daughter lend themselves to the climactic declaration that there's nothing worse than submitting to the nihilism so trendy with the next generation. Our lone hope of recourse is to embrace all the love and beauty surrounding us, if only we're present enough to see it.”

As for Clint Worthington of Consequence, Everything Everywhere All At Once explores the “aches and pains of the road not travelled, and the need to carve out your own meaning in a meaningless universe.”

Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All At Once

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Everything Everywhere All At Once trailer – what are the maddest moments?

Take your pick.

A policeman’s head explodes in a cloud of tinsel and glitter. A racoon croons along to David Bowie’s 1973 glam-rock classic Time. And did we mention the universe where everyone inexplicably has hot dogs for fingers?

As Kwan told Empire: “We’re just trying to fight anything that forces a categorisation.”

 


Everything Everywhere All At Once cast – who stars in Everything Everywhere All At Once?

It’s strange to think the role of Evelyn was originally a male part, with Jackie Chan pencilled in to lead the cast. In fact, the rewritten female character works far better, with Michelle Yeoh showing her incredible range as she ‘verse-jumps’ across the range of Evelyn variants.

Minute-to-minute, Yeoh is a chef, then a pop star, now a businesswoman, next a woman holding a Golf Sale sign. She inhabits both the meek and mild Evelyns and the ass-kickers you’d hope from the star of 2000’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, able to fight off six attackers using only a riot shield.

Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All At Once

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“When I read the script, I was like, ‘Okay, either these two are certifiably insane, or we have something going on here,” Yeoh told Elle of the Daniels. “It’s like there’s almost like five genres of films in one movie. I get to do comedy, physical comedy, drama, romance, it’s a love story…”

It’s Yeoh who keeps the train on the tracks, while Jamie Lee Curtis is let loose as any number of evil tax inspectors. Look out, too, for Ke Huy Quan as Waymond: it’s the actor’s first big-screen appearance of note since his iconic role as Short Round in 1984’s Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom.

 


Everything Everywhere All At Once reviews – what do the movie critics say?

The movie press agrees there’s never been anything quite like Everything Everywhere All At Once. The Financial Times calls it “wildly ambitious and furiously original”. The Times declares it “magnificent… the most innovative sci-fi since The Matrix”.

Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All At Once

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Meanwhile, Empire’s Ben Travis reports that the Daniels’ rampant ambition is matched by the movie’s stellar execution.

“The magic of Everything Everywhere All At Once is in its title – within it, you’ll find every genre, experience every emotion. It’s both a reflection of, and an oasis from, the incessant overstimulation of 21st century life. So many films would collapse in on themselves under that kind of pressure. EEAAO never does.”

 


Everything Everywhere All At Once tickets – why should I see this movie at ODEON?

Now showing at ODEON, Everything Everywhere All At Once is one of the year’s most ambitious films and deserves a viewing experience that blows your mind, rattles your senses, sucks you in and spits you out of every last parallel dimension.

Everything Everywhere All At once poster

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Only ODEON can do this – and we’ll even provide the popcorn.

Just one last word of advice before you book your tickets for Everything Everywhere All At Once. As Evelyn is reminded before her mission begins – “Don’t forget to breathe…”

 


 

See Everything Everywhere All At Once at ODEON from May 13

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