In Review: Eternals

The Eternals have been living on earth for millennia.
Eternals

Synopsis: The Eternals have been living on earth for millennia. Mostly, they’ve kept out of human affairs, having been instructed to by their creators, The Celestials. But now Eternals leader Ajak (Salma Hayek) and the rest of The Eternals will decide humanity’s fate . . .

 

Story

As the film begins we find out in the onscreen backstory that The Eternals were created to eliminate The Deviants, who began to disrupt the harmony of existence. Consequently, the two opposing forces clashed. So, what we soon see is the discovery that The Deviants haven’t all been wiped out. Seeing the MCU use a screen story back script was unusual, as it’s not been a feature of the MCU. However, it did a good job of giving us the vital info. But more than that it really gave the impression that what we were about to see would be a sweeping epic. And, in many ways that was exactly what we saw. Certainly there was a very different feel to this movie . . .

Once the main action got going, which did take a while, we found out the real meat of the story. Choosing to make things much more complex than “Eternals VS Deviants”  was a really important choice. Having the film’s heroes go up against a Celestial was a wonderful idea. As many of the film’s characters were the root of many human myths, such as Thena (Angelina Jolie) and Ikaris (Richard Madden), it was awesome to see them fighting for humanity. Also, a very clever way to bring “myth and monsters” into the MCU, too.

 

Acting

In an ensemble cast, there were many great performances. But the true strength of this film was the way the cast interacted. This was very much a character led affair. As a result we needed to see onscreen chemistry. We did, in abundance. For example the clashes between the likes of Druig (Barry Keoghan) and the rest of the gang were managed brilliantly. There were for other examples of tensions being handled superbly, including Gemma Chan as Sersi taking on Ikarus (Richard Madden). She managed to express the nature of her character and depict what motivates her. Liah McHugh as Sprite also shone, and Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo was hilarious, providing brilliantly delivered comedy. But Kumail Nanjiani also really explored the depth of Kingo, too, which was crucial.

CGI & Effects

What you’d expect from a massive budget affair. The Eternals provides effects that seem to be tailored to the type of heroes they were. Consequently, the depiction of the strength of Gilgamesh (Ma Dong-seok) differed vastly from what you’d see from the likes of Thor (Chris Hemsworth). And, another particularly memorable effect was the speed of Makkari (Lauren Ridloff). It looked very different from other “speedsters”, and depictions of super-speed. Finally, their ship was very impressive, visually. It resembled the ship from Dune, which we recently reviewed. That was in-keeping with the idea of truly other-worldly

Overall

It was potentially very difficult to make The Eternals work. Balancing so many characters was a risk. Yet, those wonderful writers have again come up trumps for the MCU. And, of course all others who have put so much into this project. Because this film is dealing with the myths of earth, it was vital that there wasn’t only relevance to Western mythology, primarily Greco-Roman. Though that may have dominated, there was at least more diverse representations and explorations. And, that diversity included those who society make less abled, by ableism, too. This was perhaps the most human film of all the MCU offerings. Action, adventure, and some real depth, too.

 

9.2
In Review: Eternals
  • Story
    9.0
  • Acting
    9.0
  • CGI & Effects
    10.0
  • Incidental Music
    8.8
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