Eternals

2021, Fantasy/Adventure, 2h 37m

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An ambitious superhero epic that soars as often as it strains, Eternals takes the MCU in intriguing -- and occasionally confounding -- new directions. Read critic reviews

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It's a different kind of Marvel movie, but Eternals still contains all the action, humor, and heart that fans are looking for. Read audience reviews

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Marvel Studios' Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

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  • 5h ago
    For better or worse Eternals is an ambitious project that tried to move away from the Marvel standard of fast paced storytelling and characters making non-stop quips. The premise is an intense high-fantasy with a main cast of immortals acting like a dysfunctional family, with their issues and the way they cope with them scaled up as much as their godhood in often Shakespearean fashion. First, Eternals tries to do a lot. It attempts to fit 10 compelling characters many with their own stories, intelligent relationships and personal dramas into a hyper grand premise, a multilayered mystery plot riddled with provoking moral dilemmas, convince us of a world where the natural order is mass genocide from sentient cosmic forces, hell even the throwaway antagonist has meaningful motive; all into a film with a very reasonable runtime. It quickly became apparent how easy it was to nitpick at flaws in this massive project so I'll address the most notable ones. It fails to reinforce its most consistent and encompassing theme, what it means to be human. How the film wrapped up certain character narratives unsatisfyingly (Sprite & Kingo), characters making choices that may alienate viewers (Like every Eternal at some point) and the Deviant subplot feeling too separate from the main story by the final act. However, a lot worked for me too. Starting with the cinematography, the movie was very beautifully shot. Unlike most Marvel productions that are all ADHD & go-go-go scenes actually take their time to bask and settle. Also the film has the viewers often feel the moral struggles of its characters and I love that. I find personal stories from the existential perspective of immortals very compelling and there's a lot of material there in that regard. (I mean, there's 10 of them!) Finally this should go without saying but the action choreography is top notch as always. Eternals is a success, it may have chewed off more than it can handle but it's one of Marvel's most provoking and complex projects in every sense. It's bloated and borderline convoluted but it was still enjoyable and is exactly the type of ambitious thing I want to see from them instead of churning out the same brainless style/tone over and over.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • 5d ago
    After over a decade of movies and the beginning of television wiggling its way into this universe as well, The Marvel Cinematic Universe is simply one of the most impressive franchises of all time. That's not to say it's the best franchise of all time, just incredibly ambitious without stumbling very often. Eternals is the first film in a very long time, to be this ambitious in introducing this many characters at once. Yes, this is a downside to the film overall, but I really enjoyed watching it. From the terrific direction to the beautiful look and feel, here's why I think Eternals is worth your time, even if you might be someone who won't like it as much as I did. To put it as simply as possible, there are beings known as Celestials. The Celestials are responsible for the creation of all living things in the Universe. Using these powers thousands of years ago, they created a small race known as Eternals. They were placed in our Universe to oversee human existence and only interfere with any conflicts if creatures known as Deviants ever were to arise. Thousands of years later, in the present day, something has awoken them. Needing to get the band back together, this film is purely about the reassemblance of the Eternals in order to stop this looming threat.  That description may seem like it makes for a super exciting time at the movies, but please don't go into the film expecting non-stop action like Avengers: Infinity War. This is a film that takes its time, flashing back and forth, teaching you the backstory of these characters so that you care about the consequences moving forward. Chloe Zhao's direction here is very much her style and it's very apparent that she was given the freedom of bringing her tone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The strongest point of this film is the fact that everyone is likeable. Everyone is given just enough time to make an impact, even though I think more time with each of these characters would've helped it a lot more.  Leading up to The Avengers back in 2012, we had films that developed each of the core characters first. This is a film that was trying to bring a team together with far less time and far more characters to boot. It's nearly three hours long, but there are times when it honestly feels like a couple more hours could've helped it. I'm starting to think this story would've worked much better as a Disney+ series that's still connected to this world, but I understand that the ideas presented here were necessary to be seen by a larger audience. This was a huge problem I had with the film, but that aside, I still really liked it.  My issue with the characters would've been a lot greater, however, if it wasn't for all of the performers making me care about them. Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, and Barry Keoghan were probably the biggest standouts to me, all providing a bit more depth than the rest of the cast, but everyone brought their A-Game here and it showed on-screen. On top of the great cast, there are spectacular visuals that are unlike those from other Marvel films. Yes, the CGI creatures and things of that nature are all still present here, but the CGI backgrounds and landscapes all felt very real this time. I really enjoyed the attention to detail when it came to that.  In the end, Eternals both feels like a traditional Marvel Cinematic Universe film while also doing things that this franchise hasn't done before. The drab tone, slow pacing, and overall "Epic" feel (especially with its runtime) all worked incredibly well for me. I just wish this story had more time to breathe, even with being nearly three hours. If you're a fan of this franchise, this one is a necessary watch, given the ramifications, this will likely have on the franchise as a whole. As big as this movie feels, I think it only scratched the surface. It's far from perfect, but even with its flaws, this movie really worked for me. Eternals is now playing in theatres and I think it's worth seeing.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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