Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once

From the multiverse of all the multiverse-premised films that have been made in recent years, this cinematic uni(que)-verse is definitely the one that manages to make the most out of its commonplace narrative trope. I was positively struck and moved by the psychological depth and sincerity that stretches out beneath all the layers of ironic, humorous, self-referential, postmodern what-if complexity. The existential joke is, of course, the realisation that we indeed only have one life in this one universe.

The film plays out an unbearable lightness versus heaviness of existence (Kundera). If you could exist in infinite varieties of lives across many universes, would that make existence easier or more difficult? Would you prefer the eternal return of sameness (Nietzsche), or the meaninglessness of a single life lived only to be forgotten, 'a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness' (Nabokov)?

What a great cinematic crack of light this film is!