Why everyone’s talking about Everything Everywhere All At Once

You might have seen people posting about it: the multiverse-hopping, sci-fi action film Everything Everywhere All At Once.

But why has the film captured our collective imagination?

When you strip back all the subplot and threads, it is — at its core — a very relatable story of a family struggling to do their taxes.

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the film explores an immigrant family and the inherent messiness, chaos, and opportunities that come with life when you’ve left your home country to start a new one.


There’s Evelyn Wang, the family’s matriarch, played by Michelle Yeoh, and Stephanie Hsu’s Joy Wang, her daughter, who is desperately trying to get her family to accept her girlfriend.

The film mixes the immigrant experience with the impending destruction of the multiverse, leading Evelyn and her husband, Waymond, to universe hop in an effort to save it.

A new kind of hero: Waymond Wang

Waymond is played by Ke Huy Quan, the 80s movie icon known for his roles as the lovable tinkerer Data in The Goonies and Harrison Ford’s sassy assistant in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Quan says he was happy on working behind the camera and stepped away from acting because he was difficult to be an Asian actor in Hollywood.


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