Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Which World Do I Live In?

Everyone everywhere loves “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” In it you can learn lots of things about parallel worlds in the Many Worlds Theory, as experienced by a middle-aged immigrant named Evelyn (played by Michele Yeoh) who has trouble with the laundromat she owns with her husband and they have trouble with an audit by the IRS and an evil IRS agent (played by Jamie Lee Curtis). Freaking realistic!

But here are some things that are different in Evelyn’s parallel worlds than in the usual Hollywood universe:

  1. In the Hollywood universe, young and beautiful women (played by ingenue actresses) frequently have a problem with their mothers, and the mothers, who are old or at least middle-aged, might turn out to be monsters. In EEAAO the laundromat-owner-mother has trouble because her daughter is difficult, and in the parallel worlds, her daughter is a monster.
  2. In the parallel worlds of EEAAO instead of being a drab house-wifey person, Evelyn is a glamorous rich lady. Or a Kung Fu fighter. Or some other romantic or dramatically brave figure, not a scrawny old thing like Frances McDormand in “Nomadland.” (Except they both won Oscars.)
  3. In most of the parallel worlds, the monster-daughter, named Joy, wears different makeup every time. Really complicated makeup with sort of opalescent beaded stuff stuck to her cheeks. Very dramatic eyes, too. And she seems to have superpowers. And want to kill her mother. Or maybe that’s just a villainous identity named Jobu Tupaki that’s infiltrated her. Not like Hollywood worlds.
  4. Also, Joy/Jobu worships a bagel. (Sorry, that might be a spoiler. But it’s an important part of parallel worlds, maybe even in the original Physics Theory.)
  5. There are lots of other worlds too. Evelyn encounters different versions of the evil IRS lady in these worlds. For example, there’s a world where a pianist can use her toes instead of fingers on the keyboard. (Were those real toes or CGI toes? Can anyone really play the piano with their toes? Informed minds want to know.) 
  6. Also Evelyn inhabits a parallel world exactly like the one where the space ship ends up in “2001 A Space Odyssey” — the characters are big rocks. This parallel world is hard to understand, and something happens there at the end but no more spoilers.

You know what? Unlike everyone in our world, I seem to inhabit a parallel world where I don’t like this movie. How can I snap back into the real Oscar-dominated universe where I perhaps belong?

This not me, it is Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn the fractured character.

Review © 2023 mae sander, images from google.


Lori said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but it is on my list. It all sounds a bit odd though.

eileeninmd said...


Is this a movie, I am not familiar with the title. I guess I am not up to date on the most recent movies. Take care, have a great day!

Mae Travels said...

@Eileen — This is a movie. It won the most Academy Awards this month, including Best Picture and 3 actor awards. That was why I wanted to see it.

My name is Erika. said...

I became a big Michelle Yeoh fan lately from watching Star Trek Discovery. She starts off as this good Starfleet Captain who is then murdered. Now in the parallel universe they travel to, she is not so good, but boy does she play that role well. I haven't seen this film but want to. Thanks for writing about it Mae.

Jeanie said...

Well, don't feel alone. I haven't seen it and the reason why is that everyone I have talked to (or seen on FB, with one exception) HATE this movie. They don't just dislike it. They hate it. They're confused by it. Too jumpy and if you have epilepsy issues, don't even start. I'll pass... forever.

anno said...

Adding to Jeanie's review.... this is one I'm definitely going to pass on.

FWIW, this guy (, language aside, probably reflects my opinions of the movies up for Oscars this year ... at least Maverick was fun!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Ironic that I have heard nothing but good things about EEAAO. They rave about it. Maybe because they are geeks (like me), but I appreciated your honest response and review.

thecuecard said...

Thanks for the analysis of these parallel worlds. I actually fell asleep during the movie so I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that. Although the storyline seems good, I wasn't that into the parallel worlds and how it goes in & out crazily.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You make me feel a bit better about being the only person in the world who has not yet seen this movie!~ (Never mind liking it).... Whew, sounds complicated, not sure my aging simple mind will be able to handle it. (Originally on hearing about the movie, I liked it because it had an "older" woman as lead; but just as is many books I read I have to stop and think that the "older" woman is around the age of my daughter. I am a decade or so beyond older I'm afraid. Ah well! Life improves slowly.

Helen's Book Blog said...

I haven't seen this movie yet, but plan on getting to it when it's available to stream for free. Then I'll see if the hype fits for me.