Today we’re talking about the 2021 film Eternals.
The epic scale and complexity of characters wasn’t well served in the format of a movie. I think it would have worked better as a miniseries. I think some of the characters didn’t get enough screen time to show their motivations and evolution. That being said, I really enjoyed the non-linear aspects combined with the fascinating weaving into history.
There wasn’t enough time for all the characters and because of that, they seemed underdeveloped. They were very well acted and directed.
I think you were supposed to sympathise with all of them, but there were three that I didn’t like even before the twist. Maybe that’s a sign of a complex character.
The humour was extremely well-placed to balance the epic drama that was unfolding and even the info-dumps were very well placed.
Visuals and Music
Even with our state of the art 4K television, there were a lot of very dark scenes. It ruined the beautiful scenery and shots by forcing us to squint for no reason.
Beyond that, the cinematography was absolutely amazing and the amount of background detail is completely worth a rewatch.
The music was suitably epic and felt coherent with the MCU.
I’m surprised that the kids sat through the entire movie. It was fascinating, but not always action packed or accessible for kids.
I enjoyed it, but it was long. Oddly enough, I do think it would hold up better as 6 episodes. I was never bored though.
An extremely strong attempt at bringing the epicness of Lord of the Rings to the Marvel Universe. Too many characters and too little time for them to shine hurts the movie, but a brilliant script and excellent acting make it more than worth watching.
Final Score: 3.5 Stars out of 5