Why Everything Everywhere All At Once Matters

Watch it. Right now, before you even read this, go watch it if you haven’t already so you can enjoy it without spoilers. I’ve seen this movie three times in theaters willingly, and I’d do it a dozen more times. It has easily reserved a spot in my top three movies of all time. It’s perfect, it’s everything. Watch it.

While other films have tried to introduce multidimensional themes, Everything Everywhere All At Once is in an entire other league of its own. It’s honestly realistic, with the possibilities of other universes and different alternate realities. I mean, who’s to say it’s impossible? Our universe doesn’t really have rules, does it? So what starts out as a domestic scene quickly takes a big turn. The movie takes on a more multi-universal context that brings all of our lovely existential thoughts into air. Nothing matters, is the final message of it all. 

Yet, this movie takes that point a step further and brings us along a journey of accepting this in a positive way. And with accepting this comes the optimistic choice to be kind and have fun despite the chaotic meaninglessness of life. It makes everyone feel like the movie is made for them specifically, connecting to our deepest fear of not understanding the universe or its infinite expanse of nonsense in a personal and comforting way.

Now, most people could walk out of a movie and go back to their daily lives, thinking, “Oh, it’s just a movie. The music and emotional scenes reeled you in. It was an experience, that’s all.” Yet, this one sticks with you. It’s not full of only heavy, intensely emotional scenes. There’s a lot of goofy themes and silly aspects, too, though they’re incorporated realistically, not childishly. Additionally, during any emotional or transcendence-esque scene, the scenery and music would cut to a side-plot that was paused. This acknowledges that humans often don’t stick with one pathway of emotions, they acknowledge the altering perspectives that may make people skeptical or unwilling to give in to emotional factors. Everything Everywhere All At Once covers its bases to eliminate any possible doubt and apathy within the audience. Every single facet is so realistically well executed that it’s nearly impossible to feel as though the movie wasn’t made for you.

This movie also does an excellent job at discussing intergenerational trauma in a new, refreshing, and realistic way. It covers relative ADHD, depression, regret, homophobia, fatphobia, and more. Yet, the best part about this is that it doesn’t focus only on those problems as if to magnify them, but rather incorporates them into the characters’ lives like we do in real life. We don’t need to “start” a conversation about these things, like most content in mainstream media talks about, because everyone already knows and talks about these things (typically away from family). Progressive movies oftentimes feel like they’re a few years behind on what we already know. Yet, this one keeps up with us not as an audience for a movie, but as real people. It feels as though it’s pulled its values right from our minds. 

It’s timeless, it’s perfect, it’s realistic. It’s made for you. I’ll be carrying this movie with me for the rest of my life. So watch it a few times. It’ll be worth it, I promise.