A lot of spectacle has been the norm of filmmaking since the multiverse was introduced. It has been quite a scintillating sight when science fiction movies get the utmost mindfulness from the audience. Whether it was Stanley Kubrick or Christopher Nolan, we have all witnessed some of the greatest works of science fiction, and we have all admired their brilliance in every way possible. It is very rare to see science fiction emotionally paired with provocative thoughts, aren’t they? Our discussion topic for today is the latest edition of The Daniels, “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
The Daniels are well known for their directorial debut with ‘The Swiss Army Men.’ If you remember the movie, you tend to believe that this duo will definitely introduce you to something that you have rarely seen on screen. The expectation remains intact as in their next venture with Russo Brothers as the producer, “Everything Everywhere All At Once” introduces us to breathtaking performance. The audience is left with tears of amazement as the story plays out in the interaction of the profane and the profound.
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” is ideally divided into three chapters. The first one is “Everything,” where the story creates a world of chaos through the definitive indulgence of the characters. The uniqueness of this science fiction movie is that, under the mayhem of the multiversal chaos, this is a story of bonding, a story of a family getting together their pieces to reach a certain stage of fulfillment. So, let’s jump into the first chapter to find out what happens there.
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Chapter 1 – Everything
The first chapter takes no time to introduce all the lead characters in almost one go. There is a laundromat owned by Evelyn and her husband, Waymond. They are Chinese-American immigrants, so they were having some extra eyes over their taxes, at least Evelyn thinks in this way. Evelyn is a soul promised to be restless, insecure, and primarily focused on an existential crisis. It gets a bit exhausting with all the business to run, a father to feed, a husband who she doesn’t feel attracted to, and a daughter who she corners with her orthodox proclamations.
Joy, the daughter, has a girlfriend, and it is pretty much obnoxious to Evelyn, who ends up introducing Becky (the girlfriend) to her father as her daughter’s “friend.” That made Joy very upset, as she wanted her grandfather to know the truth. Everything starts to fall apart when Waymond discloses the fact that he is from a different universe (Alphaverse), and he is there to help Evelyn win against Jobu Tupaki, the agent of chaos. From this point, the audience is introduced to the best multiversal sci-fi to date. A breathtaking narrative with a hint of classified havoc.
Chapter 2 – Everywhere
When Waymond’s Alphaverse helps Evelyn to travel through the alternate universes, the little details are minutely observed. Be it the jump pod or the branch shifting, everything was so structured that you never wanted to miss a glimpse of sci-fi. The narrative never falls apart whenever the gonzo expeditions to alternate universes take place, even while establishing the regular storyline. In the second chapter of the film, wherever Evelyn moved, chaos followed her ‘everywhere.’
The summation of the chaos finally started to hit the riff when the plots started manufacturing joy and interactions as essential tools to fight nihilism. It is very well put in a manner when it is discovered that Jobu Tupaki is a product of Evelyn’s distant ambition. The chaos the daughter achieves is truthfully the ladder placed by the mother, and now she needs to destroy what her deepest regrets have given birth to. Jobu Tupaki represents the hatred that at some point turned into a void in the minds of Joy and Evelyn and was solely responsible for this.
Chapter 3 – All At Once
In the beginning, we said this sci-fi movie stands apart in one sense, i.e., the verbal communication it provides to the minds of the audience. Communication is simple. Family is the most humane thing in all the universes, including those where life is not ready to happen yet. Many of the sci-fi works in recent times denote the faults of humans: how impeccable we have been, how awful we are to nature and other earthly beings, and how we are going to destroy ourselves. This movie is almost a slap at all those problems. Yes, we make mistakes, and regret is not the solution, but we have to believe in something. What separates us from other beings is our urge to have each other’s back when it matters the most.
This is what brings the best out of this narrative when Joy says, “… nothing matters,” and Evelyn finds out about the world through Waymond’s eyes. Waymond believed in love and caring. Through his eyes, Evelyn sought to believe that there was actually hope in saving a soul, that there was a relief in forgiving, and a sanity in loving someone truly. These are the things that matter the most as a human. The audience will get a hint of delicate writing when Evelyn, in one universe, finally confesses to her father about Joy being a lesbian.
There were no conclusive thoughts in Joy’s mind unless she found the glimpse of profound care in Evelyn’s eyes. The way Evelyn talks about cherishing the exact moments and nothing else, will definitely make the audience cry at some point. We definitely live in the moment. Humans do always find comfort in crafting an oasis out of the tiniest drop. You can have the feel from the title itself that it depicts all the genre, all the emotions, and all the experiences you have.
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” is a film where you can put all your heart into and, at the same time, you will see a guy beaten up to death with two extensively long dildos. It is a movie that makes no sense at all while teaching you the most important lesson about living. There is a shot of two rocks in a distant universe where life hasn’t been formed yet. If you refrain yourself from crying in that scene, you are the bagel of the film. You might want to put on an oxygen mask before watching this movie. “Everything Everywhere All At Once” is beyond numbers, so rating it will be quite stupid.
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” is a 2022 Drama Sci-Fi Film directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert