Eternals has heart, adult content, and shows that Marvel Studios can take any character and make them interesting.
You gotta love humanity. People will take giant poops on movies before they even see them. It happened with Captain Marvel and again with Eternals. People ran to Rotten Tomatoes to rate the movie before it was seen. Unfortunately, after its release, the reviews weren’t as good as other Marvel Studios projects. This writer will be honest, he thought this movie was going to stink (find out why on the Culture Comic Book News Podcast). Thankfully, he was wrong. Eternals is an amazing project and a triumph for Marvel Studios.
Eternals improved on past projects
The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t perfect. One of the biggest critiques is the jokes that ruin emotional moments. That is far from the case here. There is a good amount of levity throughout the movie. No one would enjoy a comic book movie with zero jokes. What made this writer happy is that the funny parts were well placed. When there was a somber moment, it wasn’t destroyed with a fart joke. This allowed the audience to absorb what they were seeing. It also helped the characters evolve. A step up from what we’ve seen in the past.
Another gripe fans have had is how the films can be too family-oriented. Eternals gave MCU fans a taste of what could become a regular occurrence. For example, at one point, two of the main characters actually have sex. It wasn’t a moment where the screen turns black after they kiss. You could actually see them shirtless and grinding. Thankfully, the scene remained tasteful while hitting the point home. There was also a fair amount of adult situations like the idea of genocide, free will, and what it would be like to never age.
The Eternals’ cast
Of course, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek were going to be terrific as always. They rarely disappoint. They’ve all been in hit movies and are beloved by millions. The rest of the cast was another story. The good news is most of them were just as good if not better.
This was Brian Tyree Henry’s first major action role. He was in Godzilla vs. Kong, but he was the comic relief. Here, he was a major part of the action. MA Dong-seok absolutely killed as Gilgamesh. He was a bad-@$$ who maintained a warm heart despite centuries of turmoil and seclusion. This writer won’t say much about Lauren Ridloff. Just know that she’s going to make you smile and cheer every time she’s on-screen. Sprite (played by Lia McHugh) had moments where she stole the scene. Don’t be shocked if she becomes a huge star as she gets older.
The only two negatives with the cast came from Gemma Chan (Sersi) and Kit Harington (Dane Whitman). Gemma Chan didn’t have a breakout performance. She wasn’t bad by any means. It seemed as if her rise was too predictable. It also didn’t help that her big moment lacked oomph behind it. Kit Harrington was fun when he was on screen, but that was far and few in between. Thankfully, the end credit scene lets us know there are plans for him.
Eternals is worth seeing in theaters. It’s an experience you can’t get at home. This is coming from someone who loves the early movie releases. Don’t be intimidated by the 2 hours 37 minute run time. If the film was cut down, the character development would have suffered.
Finally, the project gave Marvel Comics fans something that most Eternals comics didn’t. It gave people a reason to care about the characters. It explained who each character was and what made them that way. This writer can’t wait to see what Marvel Studios does with them next.
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