Eternals Review: A Visual Spectacle, Heavy on Emotions

Marvel’s Eternals Review: The film stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Kumail Nanjiani, Barry Keoghan, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry and Harish Patel. Directed by Chloé Zhao, Zhao wrote the screenplay along with Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo. Ramin Djawadi composed the MCU film’s music, and the cinematography is by Ben Davis.

The synopsis reads, “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.”

Marvel’s Eternals Review Contains No Spoilers

In the MCU, Eternals are superhumans who have been residing on Earth for centuries. They were sent on the planet by Arishem to destroy the Deviants harming human beings. Ajak (Salma Hayek) was the prime Eternal leading the pack of these superhumans with distinctive powers.

The members of the Eternals include – Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Angelina Jolie (Thena), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lia McHugh (Sprite), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Barry Keoghan (Druig), and Don Lee (Gilgamesh).

The plot revolves around the Eternals reuniting to fight the Deviants who have returned. They are, however, unbeatable this time since they have grown in strength. For centuries, these superhumans have believed that their sole job is to protect humanity from dangerous creatures. There is, however, more to their existence than what they are aware of, what they are shown, and what they are told.

Chloé Zhao’s directing style has always been evocative; her scenes convey powerful emotions. In her latest, the Oscar-winning director has maintained true to her style while incorporating the Marvel elements.  The space, cosmic and action scenes are spectacular, and the subtle humour will have you laughing.

Eternals has a lot of elements that you won’t grasp right away. At least for 60 minutes, you still understand superhumans, their purpose of existence, and everything that’s Arishem and the Deviants. Hence, the audience may be baffled during that stretch because the characters are progressing, but the plot is moving slowly. Is it, however, worthy of being so patient? Absolutely!

Marvel’s latest is unlike anything we’ve seen previously in the MCU. The focus of the film isn’t on these superhumans flaunting their abilities or discussing physics. They speak of humanity despite not being human; they have emotions as we do and are willing to die for the people of Earth. Eternals are a broken family who has to get it together to fight what’s coming. To avoid missing out on what’s going on, staying focused in the first half is necessary. The attentiveness will make it simpler to understand what comes afterwards.

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Zhao’s film has a lot riding on it because it introduces the audience to the first gay superhero (Phastos) and a deaf superhero (Makkari). We also meet Kingo, who decides to pursue a career as a Bollywood star after fulfilling their initial missions. Kingo has a valet named Karun (Harish Patel), who always accompanies the Eternal. The Bollywood representation is awkwardly hilarious; Kumail and Harish add great humour to the story.

The star of the film is Richard Madden as Ikaris, who keeps you captivated in every scene. You just can’t get enough of how his body language shifts when he fights and shoots those laser beam out of his eyes. Gemma Chan as Sersi is crucial to the storytelling, especially in emotional scenes. However, it appeared as if Gemma restrained herself from emoting the same with her expressions.

Angelina Jolie looks ethereal in every scene. However, I felt that the director focused more on her beauty than her character. I wanted to see Thena more in action. The rest of the cast does an excellent job in their parts. Kit Harrington fans shouldn’t keep much hope as the actor doesn’t dominate the screen. He appears only for a few minutes but steals your hearts!

The cinematography by Ben Davis is breathtaking, especially when the Eternals unite and display their strength on screen. The music by Ramin Djawadi elevates the narrative’s deep emotions. As strange as the Bollywood dance performance was, I applaud them for attempting to recreate an average Sanjay Leela Bhansali show!

Eternals Review: Final Thoughts

Eternals is not perfect, but it is not bad either. It’s a decent introduction to the characters, who will be fantastic additions to the MCU. The film focuses on sentiments rather than action and fights, as seen in typical superhero sagas. Diversity and representation are significant in cinema, and it’s good that that MCU is doing it. It’s important to be patient and pay attention to everything that happens in the first half. It’s striking visually, and some characters win you.

No matter the flaws, you still want to know their story. Some scenes will make you cheer, and twists will astonish you. There’s a mid-credit scene and an end-credit scene that will make a LOT of people happy. So do not miss this one as it deserves to be watched once and twice if you didn’t understand it the first time. I mean, so many people watch some movies multiple times and still understand little. Eternals isn’t even that complicated or bad as initial reviews are calling it. As a fan, you’re going to love every bit of it.

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Marvel's Eternals Review: The MCU film is visually arresting with great emotions attached to it. It's a decent addition to the new side of MCU.

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