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“Everything Everywhere All At Once” Hits the Mark

Lee Hardisty
Graphic by Lee Hardisty

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” is the second lovechild of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schienert, and is a psychedelic experience that explores the topic of generational trauma.

Released in late March, Everything Everywhere depicts the ideas of the multiverse and optimism in nihilism. 

The film surrounds Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) and her family, Waymond Wang (Ke Huy Quan), and Joy Wang (Stephanie Hsu) as they dive into a deeply whacking and endearing film. 

With a run time of just over two hours, the film relays a common message of generational trauma that many youths and elderly see today. It regards the common story of first-generation and second-generation Asians and their family bond. 

Many instances of foreshadowing can be seen in many of the scenes, building up anticipation and creating a suspenseful atmosphere. The humor of this film adds to the overall mood and sincerity, keeping it relevant to many teens and young adults. 

The film is split into two acts— Act I: Everything, and Act II: Everywhere. Each act keeps relevant to its name with Eveyln’s change in character and actions.

This film comes with an undertone of passed down trauma, it gives many people in the current younger generation a voice, and a way to be represented. The movie covers many more undertone themes that many teenagers and young adults relate to today keeping relevant to the current population.

I would highly suggest that anyone interested should go out and watch the film, especially teenagers and parents. The wide range of universal topics it covers along with many humorous moments creates one of the best atmospheres for “Everything Everywhere,”

The ending left many— including me— in tears. For the first time in a very long time, this movie has made me cry like no other. 

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Jackson Chang
Jackson Chang, Opinions Editor
Jackson Chang is a senior at MIHS and a second-year staff member. Outside of school he likes to participate in after-school activities such as ECAAR and loves to go on hikes with friends.

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    ZoyaJun 3, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    I can’t wait to watch this movie, and I’m extremely glad more movies are being made about generational trauma, especially sarrounding asian families.