COLUMN: “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is visually innovative


Drew Coffey

Drew Coffey, Columnist

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” was released on March 11, 2022, and was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. It stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu and Jamie Lee Curtis.

It tells the story of a laundromat owner who must learn the rules of the multiverse after a rupture in reality threatens to destroy the world.

To say that this film is visually impressive would be an understatement. The way every scene is shot is mesmerizing with the cinematography sharply changing completely when seeing a different universe.

As a whole, the cinematography for this film is revolutionary and amazing to see. The creativity of the universes shown is also highly impressive and imaginative.

The acting is spectacular, especially from Yeoh and Quan. You really feel the flawed family connection between them and their daughter played by Hsu.

They all do a great job playing various versions of themselves and are very comical throughout the film.

The action is equally as amazing and creative as the visuals in this film. Every fight scene is so smooth, creative and shot beautifully that you can only applaud the actors and stunt coordinators.

The film also has a very endearing and pure message of the power of family and how you should never give up on the ones you love. The film successfully expresses this lesson of family in a respectfully genuine way.

This film is very amazing across the board with incredible visuals, amazing acting and a very inventive way of telling a story.

However, in terms of what could have been improved upon, I would say that the film becomes too much for the audience. The film reaches such confusing and imaginative depths that I believe would take a casual viewer out of the movie entirely.

The film definitely does not believe in the saying “less is more,” which for many people is its biggest strength. This sometimes outrageously creative film will entice many viewers with its philosophical ideas about life’s purpose and the trippy, hypnotic visuals.

However, the film can tend to become a little carried away with its ideas but that is the point of the film altogether.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” also seems to be a little too long. With all the switching from different universes occurring, at some point, the film seems to drag on with its emotional ideas in the end.

However, the film is not trying to play by the books when it comes to telling a story. It is trying to mesmerize the audience while delivering a serious message about life and the power of family.

And for that, I applaud the film.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is an immensely hypnotic and visual triumph that is fearless in its way of telling a story.

My overall rating is a 3/5.

Drew Coffey is a freshman television and video production major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].