Alumni Daniel Kwan ’10 and Daniel Scheinert ’09 wrote, directed, and produced their film Everything Everywhere All at Once, which debuted at the annual South by Southwest Festival and is receiving great reviews, including by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. It is slated for release in theaters soon.
The film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes.
“The Daniels” will also be on campus on March 29 for a special conversation and screening of the film.
The other major narrative thread of Everything Everywhere All at Once is Evelyn’s bond with her daughter, Joy, who is facing a future of immeasurable possibility, and (like so many young people) feels stuck trying to make even one choice, burdened both by family expectation and existential anxieties. I won’t spoil the masterful direction Daniels takes this relationship in and will just say that here is where the film displays its underlying maturity, amid all the hot-dog fingers and talking rocks. The multiverse is an exciting notion, and a narratively thrilling one. But it’s also a useful way of illustrating the quotidian dissatisfactions of life—feelings that anyone can relate to but that we can choose not to drown in.