We were introduced very quickly to the five main characters: Evelyn, Waymond, Joy (their daughter), Evelyn's father and Deirdre (IRS agent).
The plot focused on Evelyn at first and I got a sense that she had fallen out of love with her husband Waymond (by the way, I didn’t know his name was Waymond until after the movie – I kept thinking it was Raymond). Her parenting skills with Joy who is a young adult are totally off the mark, and I got the sense that Joy was actually far from being joyful, in fact, she had some major self-worth issues mostly as a result of her mother’s remarks (offered out of caring but received and internalized as uncaring).
Evelyn and Waymond run a laundry – we see glimpse of a happy life in the past. Now the business is under audit, which is of course where Deirdre comes in. We see her as the villainous IRS agent, who has a pretty airtight case for inflicting penalties or worse. However, Waymond, has a “way” of pacifying her every time she makes a move. Waymond (now we know why is called that) has a way with everyone.
At this point in the story, Waymond’s doppelganger from another verse comes for a visit and informs us of an impending doom. Apparently, there is powerful villain who is stronger than everyone in the entire multiverses, and is looking for “the Evelyn” – apparently there is “a Evelyn” who can match this mighty villain. At this point the emissaries of this villain start their first attack on Evelyn led by Deirdre, prompting Waymond’s doppelganger to show Evelyn how she can use quantum jumping to go to other verses and absorb the talents of her doppelgangers – as a result she becomes a Kungfu master among other things, and is able to continue warding off the bad guys.
Finally, we meet “the villain” who turns out to be none other than Joy’s doppelganger “Joboo”. This is where the movie takes a turn. In order to defeat the villain, while still saving her own daughter Evelyn needs to tap into Unconditional love and be willing to go where ever she needs to go and do whatever needs to be done – resulting in some really cool Kungfu action. In the process of awakening she acquires a third eye (I had to chuckle at the clever and comic way the third eye made it’s manifestation). Armed with her third eye Evelyn see that Waymond had always been her biggest supporter, the Unconditional lover who kept things together. She also figures out what Abraham has been teaching us all along, that those who create the biggest contrast in our lives are actually our soulmates. She learns that she had been trying to protect Joy all along and in that process she had imprisoned Joy. She find’s that her struggle and hard work at the laundry really didn’t matter and that she had been putting her priorities in the wrong place all along. She thought that she was no good, whereas in Waymond’s beautiful words, which I really can’t remember exactly, but will paraphrase for you: she had made so many mistakes and that is why she had created so many opportunities for success, in other words she had unlimited potential. And well, we have a happy ending of course.
The filming was excellent, the hair and make-up was excellent – the weaving in of the stories of Evelyn and Waymond’s doppelgangers was excellent. As I left the theatre, I found myself saying, wow! What an excellent movie about parenting – how the experiences and beliefs of the parents impact the children and how unconditional love is the third eye that solves every problem of the multiverse.
Everything, Everywhere, All at Once is a movie that will definitely make you think. It's one of those movies that will stay with you long after you've left the theatre. I highly recommend it - especially if you're interested in the law of attraction. A truly original piece of performing arts.
Did I give too much away? That’s totally on you, you could have made the decision not to read!
Well, I had fun and I hope you will watch the movie and have fun as well.
PS: Everybody loves Raymond is now Everybody loves Waymond