Eternals Review

Swift Review | ‘Eternals’ Is An Imperfect But Powerful Origin Story

“Eternals was a big gamble for Marvel Studios. And even though it may not pay off I hope they continue to try and push the boundaries of what the MCU can be.”

Eternals was always going to be a gamble for Marvel Studios thanks to its subject material. The title characters are obscure, complex individuals whose story has always been somewhat hard to adapt. Oscar-winning Chloe Zhao found a way to do something that could be deemed near-impossible by telling a profound story with ten new characters portrayed by an all-star cast. Of course, there are my personal standouts.

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(L-R): Ikaris (Richard Madden) and Sersi (Gemma Chan) in Marvel Studios’ ETERNALS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2021 Marvel Studios. All Rights Reserved.
THE CAST

Thena, Makkari, Gilgamesh, and Ikaris stood out to me. Thena exudes power and true warrior prowess. Makkari is kind-natured but also an incredible force of butt-kicking nature. Gilgamesh was awesome, and Ikaris was a fascinating character whose story unfolded in a delightfully unexpected way.

Unfortunately where this film shines it also falters thanks to overly long moments in the film’s third act. The movie was also a bit boring at times with sporadic action scenes that thankfully included keeping one invested.

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Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) in Marvel Studios’ ETERNALS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2021 Marvel Studios. All Rights Reserved.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES?

I don’t fully understand the sentiment that some characters weren’t utilized in the film as much as others. Because honestly, it felt like every character was used perfectly. Phastos’ time with his family felt a bit hurried but it was nice meeting them.

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(L-R): Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) in Marvel Studios’ ETERNALS. Photo by Sophie Mutevelia. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
VERDICT

All in all, as I said before, this movie was a gamble. And even though it may not pay off financially or critically I hope they continue to try and push the boundaries of what the MCU can be. Because it’s a fascinating turn of events for the franchise.

Eternals will go down as one of the most unique superhero films of all time and that alone is an achievement.

Marvel StudiosEternals is playing in theatres now!

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