Review: Eternals a strong Marvel film with strong heroes.


Disney Studios

The Eternals is now playing in theaters.

Chris White, Film critic

Eternals is the latest blockbuster to join the Marvel cinematic universe. The film stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie and is directed by Chloe Zhao.

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), an unexpected tragedy forces the Eternals, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years, out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

There have been a lot of mixed reviews since the movie first came out. This film proves that you can’t always trust critics when it comes to entertainment. Eternals is a film that isn’t trying to prove it’s the next Iron Man or Thor, it knows what it is and that is what boosts the film in the long run.

One of the things that makes Eternals unique is the movie uses flashbacks to depict the struggle that the Eternals have had over the years protecting mankind from the Deviants. This might seem cool to some, but might take away from the experience for others.

Speaking of the Deviants, the film has amazing CGI and designs for the Deviants. The CGI really pops and I actually felt scared when they appeared throughout the movie. Each one has a different design which makes each one stand out.

The fight scenes in the film were also great. Each Eternal has their own power and personality. I could easily see people choosing their own favorite Eternal and listing why they like them.

The film has amazing scope shots. You never know what the film is going to do next with its camera. One moment it might show a house resting on the countryside, the next moment it shows a wide shot of the sun in outer space. Whenever a shot like that would come up, it would fill me with joy.

Tons of lore gets explored in the film. One character in particular, Dane Whitman (played by Kit Harington) might seem like a simple comic relief. After reading some of the lore from the Marvel comics, I realize that his true character was barely touched on, which leaves room for an Eternals sequel. 

After watching the film, I feel as if the negative comments are not necessarily directed at the film or the director but rather frustrated fans that have waited years to see a film adapted from the comics they hold dear. If you walked into this film without knowing much about the comics, not only will you find enjoyment from the charming characters, but you will also learn more about the lore that you might have not known before.

Marvel’s Eternals is playing exclusively in theaters.

Score: 8/10