ETERNALS – “An eclectic and elegant superhero experience”

(L-R): Karun (Harish Patel), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Gilgamesh (Don Lee) in Marvel Studios' ETERNALS.

RATING

DIRECTOR

Chloé Zhao (Nomadland – 2020)

MAIN CAST

  • Gemma Chan as Sersi
  • Richard Madden as Ikaris
  • Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo
  • Lia McHugh as Sprite
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos
  • Lauren Ridloff as Makkari
  • Barry Keoghan as Druig
  • Don Lee as Gilgamesh
  • Harish Patel as Karun
  • Kit Harington as Dane Whitman
  • Salma Hayek as Ajak
  • Angelina Jolie as Thena

SYNOPSIS

It is based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name.

 After the return of half the population in Avengers: Endgame ignites "the emergence", the Eternals—an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years—reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

REVIEW SUMMARY

An eclectic and elegant superhero experience, Eternals blows open the Marvel Cinematic Universe with even bigger fantasy storytelling. Let’s get one thing out of the way – the movie looks great. Director Chloe Zhao has given the Marvel landscape an even bigger and lusher dimension. And, as with Zhao’s Oscar winning film Nomadland, the cinematography is simply awe-inspiring. The sweeping scenery pairs perfectly with the colossal action sequences. Not so perfect, however, is the film’s narrative structure. With a series of disjointed and lingering flashback sequences, the movie loses all sense of natural rhythm. In short, it has a pacing problem. It doesn’t help that there is plenty of intergalactic interchange and cosmic mumbo jumbo to wrap our heads around. Not that it’s confounding, just a lot to take in – and for a Marvel film, that’s saying something. The ambitious plot comes together by the end though, leaving a rather big impression. And hey, the mid and post credit scenes are real crowd-pleasers (at least they were in my screening). The cast is also an enjoyable mix. The diversity certainly deserves applauding, but so do the actors leading the charge. And while Richard Madden and Gemma Chan do most of the heavy lifting, Angelina Jolie and Brian Tyree Henry surprise the most with some wonderfully affecting work. So, while not the thrill-a-minute joyride you might be used to, this MCU film adds a little prestige drama to the familiar Marvel mix. It’s not always seamless (by any means), but it still makes for a fantastical watch!

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