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Film Review: Eternals (2021)

Eternals has opened to… mixed reviews, to say the least. The unfortunate thing regarding this film’s polarizing nature is that you can see exactly what people like and dislike about it; I haven’t had such mixed feelings about a blockbuster like this since The Last Jedi in 2017.

First off, the cinematography and visuals are all fantastic. Considering the film’s large scale, there are some really gorgeous shots.
Additionally, the mythology and lore regarding the Eternals, Deviants, and Celestials is all really, REALLY great. Eternals adds intriguing concepts that will definitely send the MCU in some cool directions in the future. The lore also lets the plot deviate from a typical “good vs. evil” story, and adds some interesting questions of morality.

While the concept itself is much different than anything we’ve seen in the MCU thus far, the way it was carried out feels a bit cheap. Any time the film starts to really feel unique and different, it falls back into a very bland comfort zone that most other superhero movies already reside in.

Additionally, Eternals suffers from a lot of other minor flaws. There are pacing issues, plot details that only work as plot conveniences, and forced humor. There are also way too many characters; it feels at times like you’re watching an Endgame-level film without having seen any of the previous movies. For that reason, although the writers try to add an emotionally-charged story, it’s very difficult to actually care about most of the characters since we know next to nothing about them personally up to this point.

Even though Eternals was a pretty big disappointment for me, it wasn’t terrible overall, and it certainly doesn’t deserve the ‘worst MCU film’ label that plenty of critics seem to be giving it.

Overall rating: 6/10

Published by Jeremy Bader

Aspiring writer, film and music lover, drummer. Also the only person who has ever worked for Clockwork Entertainment.

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