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The folks at A24 have a knack for finding unique, compelling genre stories and putting them in front of us, whether we're talking about horror (The Witch, Midsommar), fantasy (The Green Knight), or science fiction (Ex Machina). They're a reliably fascinating distributor, but even they may have outdone themselves with one of their big 2022 releases, which involves the legendary Michelle Yeoh, kung-fu, and an adventure that spans the multiverse.
Today A24 revealed the trailer for Everything Everywhere All at Once, the film selected to open SXSW next spring, and it delivers everything you could want from a film with this particular premise. Yeoh stars as Evelyn, a seemingly ordinary woman just trying to get her taxes done with the "help" of a seemingly malevolent preparer (Jamie Lee Curtis). But Evelyn's distracted, seeing herself in other situations and lost in thought. That all makes a little more sense when she's interrupted and told that it's up to her to save the multiverse, using all the skills she's gained in her many alternate universe lives along the way. What follows is a wild odyssey involving martial, sign spinning, live hibachi cooking, laundry, googly eyes and one woman finding her extraordinary place in the multiverse.
Check out the trailer below.
Though she's known particularly among American audiences as a kung-fu movie personality and resident badass popping up in films like Tomorrow Never Dies and Gunpowder Milkshake, Michelle Yeoh has long been one of our finest living actresses, as work like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Star Trek: Discovery proves. With Everything Everywhere All at Once, she seems primed to bring every skill she's learned in her lengthy career -- from martial arts to comedy to sincere, straightforward dramatic performance -- to bear on a single role, and if the rest of the film is anything like this trailer, that will be something to see.
Written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (credited together as Daniels) and produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, Everything Everywhere All at Once also stars Jonathan Ke Quan, Jenny Slate, and the legendary James Hong. The film arrives in theaters March 25.