My Thoughts On The Eternals

It’s official The Eternals is out and has been seen by a legion of Marvel fans. And it currently has quite a divisive score on Rotton Tomatoes. On one hand, we have the critics who seem to overall have a negative view of the film and on the other hand, there are the fans who defiantly adore it. 

Personally, I think you should ignore my opinion and all the other critics and just go see it yourself. That being said I enjoyed it and if you want to know why, please read on.

Though there will be some spoilers…

If somehow you missed it. The Eternals follows a group of Immortal and Ageless beings sent to Earth to help fight off a race of creatures known as The Deviants. Along the way, they were tasked with helping humanity grow and learn.

The Eternals are

  • Gemma Chan as Sersi: who can manipulate inanimate matter through physical contact. 

  • Richard Madden as Ikaris: who can fly and project cosmic energy beams from his eyes.

  • Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo: who can project cosmic energy projectiles from his hands. 

  • Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos: an intelligent inventor.

  • Lauren Ridloff as Makkari: one who can move at superhuman speed. 

  • Barry Keoghan as Druig: who can manipulate the minds of others.

  • Salma Hayek as Ajak: who has the ability to heal.

  • Angelina Jolie as Thena: who can form any weapon out of cosmic energy.

Firstly Gemma Chan is the heart of this movie, as with the X-Men films usually being Wolverine’s stories, this film is definitely Sersi’s story. As many of you know this is not Gemma Chan’s first MCU role, she also had the role of Minn-Erva, in Captain Marvel. Where in that film she was quiet and intense, here she is graceful and caring. Unlike the typical hero, she is not one to resolve things with brute strength but instead, she tries to find a better way. In many ways when I watched this film, specifically Sersi’s scenes this Captain American quote came to mind:

“You’re not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you.”

And I thought to myself that Sersi is the kind of person who would do that. And for that reason, I would love to see her play a bigger role, perhaps a leadership role in future MCU projects. 

As for everyone else, they were great. Both Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie easily showed why they are acting greats and never treated their parts like small insignificant roles. Meanwhile, Lauren Ridloff was brilliant in every sense, her performance helps push home that acting is far more than just words being spoken. And her performance was just taken to a new level when she was paired with Barry Keoghan, They were my second favorite couple in this movie. The best couple was Kumail Nanjiani and his valet, they had me laughing out loud on so many occasions and added so much levity into this picture.

I have seen a lot of criticism for Chloé Zhao and her work on this movie. I do not know what these people are talking about. When you watch this movie you can easily tell the style is different from most Marvel films. Yes at times it devolves into the classic Marvel movie, but that is because the film is not a stand-alone movie and is part of something bigger. That being said, thanks to Chloé Zhao this movie does not follow the classic Marvel formula and that is a good thing. 

Another issue I have seen people have with this movie is the stakes. The general complaint is that for such a high stakes movie it really seemed like it was low stakes and nothing really mattered. But I would argue that this was done on purpose to show how personal the final battle between the Eternals was.

One thing everyone can agree on is that it had the special effects of any standard Marvel film and this is something I would have preferred some deviation with. Just imagine how great the Deviants would be if they were created through practical effects as well as digital ones. 

With Ramin Djawadi providing the score this one was easily one of the best scores in MCU history. If Ramin Djawadi’s name sounds familiar it is because he has worked on Westworld, Pacific Rim, Game of Thrones, and a little film called Iron Man. 

My only major negatives were –

  • Length, the film was a tad too long, but what would you cut?

  • Lack of practical effects and 

  • Not getting enough time with the characters

  • Killing off Ikaris

  • Changing the origin of The Deviants

But overall I enjoyed the path that this film took. The Eternals is a bold direction for Marvel and hopefully the start of bigger and better things. This film lays the groundwork for what comes in Phase 4 and beyond. 

Apparently, there was a review bombing, so far all the negative reviews I have looked at mostly hated the length and not getting enough time with certain characters. But if there are people who hate the film due to its brilliant and diverse cast, then I really do not care for what they think, because that is an idiotic reason. At the end of the day, I enjoyed it and want to see more from these characters, so fingers crossed the MCU delivers. 

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