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MemphisRyder

So, after much hesitation from hearing all the negative and mixed thoughts, I finally dragged myself to check out "Eternals". And oh boy... the naysayers were wrong. What a surprise, an entire generation of audience fed on "safe" and predictable MCU action comedy fare getting turned off by this philosophical musing that literally opened with Pink Floyd's "Time". Yeah.

Needless to say, I couldn't have watched this grand adventure sooner. Is it a masterpiece? Not even remotely close. The filmmakers should have pushed harder against the Marvel executives about squeezing in more action scenes in fear of their audience falling asleep from all the philosophical moral debates the characters have among each other, but no, we get sometimes pointless scenes that serve little purpose other than keeping our ADD minds occupied.

And yet, on the other hand, sometimes they talk too much. Film is a visual medium; "show, don't tell" applies here even more than the book medium. Should have shown us the "beauty of humanity" Ajak talked about so much; should've shown us what's going on in Thena's head through a David Lynch/Sam Raimi-esque horror vision to let us learn how messed up her psychotic visions really are. But nope, we get dialogue and descriptions only.

And YET, I'm someone who believes that intent matters to a certain extent when it comes to filmmaking. The fact that MARVEL and the MCU even allowed such a complicated and bizarre source material to be greenlit, translated, and almost dumbed down for mainstream audiences is an impressive feat in itself. We're talking about literal gods with god-like values regarding the rights and wrongs of grooming an entire species (us) into a species of both beauty and violence. Not human values like money trouble (Falcon & Winter Soldier) or depression (Wandavision), but god-like values about the pains of being an immortal witnessing Hiroshima itself nuked into dust partially because of the main characters. So yeah, definitely a wild and ballsy take by Marvel there that's definitely worth commemorated in every way, no matter how mediocre some of the scenes turned out to be.

And that's why I find it so hard to give it a low score because a lot of the scenes, even though they could use more polish, are such a breath of fresh air compared to everything we've seen before from the generic action comedies that made up of the MCU. Sure, there's jokes here and there in Eternals too, but about 70% of the movie is just contemplation of the human condition and the meaning of their own existence - IN A MARVEL MOVIE. Disney/Marvel. Wrap your head around the movie studio releasing something like that. Even Pixar's Soul couldn't match the complexity of the themes presented here, folks (resorting to the kind of generic kiddish humor commonly found in the MCU instead).

9/10. I have no regrets at all. This was a hit and a swing, and it's a shame lots of people couldn't give this film the support it much needed, so instead, Marvel got a knee-jerk reaction and went for the pandering instead. "Quick! Release some fanservice in the Far From Home trailer!" Yeah. I'm still looking forward to Tobey showing up, but let's just call it what it is: fanservice. I would rather get Eternals 2 any day over Far From Over Spider-Man.
5 months 2 weeks ago
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neko's kat

All that flashbacks and backstories jammed into a two and a half hour movie made it hard for me to properly connect with the characters, kinda made the climax a little less exciting..

I feel like... this movie would have been so much better as a series instead.
3 months 4 weeks ago
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Siskoid

The MCU movie no one was excited to see, Eternals may just have turned out to be one of the best-written of the franchise's efforts. It certainly doesn't follow the standard superhero story formula, and if it's long to accommodate 7000 years of flashbacks, it uses a lot of that real estate to make you get to know and care for the large cast of characters. It's successful in that it gives you time enough to change your mind about some characters, whether you initially liked them or not. At its core, Eternals is a celebration of humanity, warts and all. The film tries to be all-encompassing on that score, so it's not content to show one time, one place, one culture, but many. Its cast provides a cross-section of ethnicities, accents, genders, sexual orientiations, abilities and disabilities, and perhaps most germane to the story, philosophies. This last one is what drives the action and provides surprises. What is one's relationship to humanity when one has been exposed to its entire history - humanist love? Contempt? Would you want to control things, integrate, or live as far away from it as you could? There isn't a monolithic Eternal ethos. Favorite characters? I think there's a reason to feel for each of them, but Angelina Jolie's Thena was a big hit in my group, as were the necessary comedy stylings of Kumail Nanjiani. Makkari out-Flashes Justice League's Flash (I mean, this movie already killed DC's New Gods flick, and it brazenly goes after Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash). Phaestos is really cool too. If you're a comics fan of a certain age, I think there's even more to be gotten out of it. The Eternals and Deviants have very much been reinvented, but - and I know even comics fans aren't generally Eternals fans - I like how it subtly pays lip service to the original stories and relationships. But the writers obviously read late-80s Avengers (for Sersi and Gilgamesh) because they introduce elements from that not-so-classic era of the book. A bit shoehorned in, but once we get to the mid- and post-credit scenes, it made me quite gleeful.
6 months 1 week ago
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dhan_bo

Overwhelmed with absolutely meaningless pathos and plastic emotions. Can't believe the same director made a wonderful spiritual Nomadland.

And yes, this one is boring as hell.
3 months 1 week ago
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royalspikey77

Very good visuals, superior acting and a slightly deeper story than most MCU work. what’s not to like?

It’s a shame no other MCU characters feature to mesh this story into the existing marvel canon (a few name drops does not a cameo make)
1 month 2 weeks ago
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Linkmaster89

Much better than excepted. Looking forward for Number 2.
3 months 2 weeks ago
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essaywhu

I think I rank it around a mid-tier Marvel movie. The characters are hard to relate to, but I love seeing all these big cosmic concepts and it’s gorgeous. I’d say it’s the best looking Marvel film, but Zhao’s other films looked beautiful as well, so I should have expected that. I am a Marvel comics fan and a Jack Kirby fan in particular, so it was great to see something solely created by him on the screen. Was this the first (very short) sex scene in a Marvel movie? It gets extra points just for that since these movies are usually so sexless.

Compared to the other 2021 Marvel films, I enjoyed it about the same as Black Widow and Shang-Chi, and probably a little more than WandaVision and Loki, and way more than the Falcon & Winter Soldier. Like I said, I’m coming at this movie as a Kirby fan so I might be biased.
4 months ago
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Jace Lightner

Started off very slow but got very interesting and dynamic towards the end!
6 months 2 weeks ago
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chunkylefunga

Just doesn’t do the source material any justice. It feels like the director was told the basics of the characters and just went, ok let’s make a movie.

Utterly bizarre to take 3 well known male characters and make them female. It completely changes their entire back story and how they experience life. It was equally bizarre to take Kingo, a Japanese character, defined by his samurai armour and fighting style and turn him into an Indian Bollywood actor, I mean come on. Utterly ridiculous.

The movie was just slow, with easily an hour that could have been left on the cutting room floor. With a storyline that just didn’t really draw the audience in. Everything about the storyline was predictable and well, bland. Can see why this is such a low rated movie and why people aren’t bothered about a sequel.

Also, just soo many basic mistakes. The Sahara 7,000 years ago was grass covered, with trees and lakes. Why they showed it as a desert was bizarre. Makkari using the wristwatch sign before watches had been invented? How did not one writer say, er that doesn’t make sense. And the police sirens making a weird noise? How did no-one say er that’s not the noise police cars make?
4 months ago
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nowhereman136

I liked it more than i thought i would. Not Marvel's best, but an interesting addition to the canon 7/10
6 months 1 week ago
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Donnie DuPree

Great characters, epic plot, nice action sequences and the best cinematography of the whole MCU. But the movie lacks something. The plot takes questionable directions in favor of unexpected twists, but those twists are less interesting than the promised conflict. Maybe the slow, introspective and semi-documentary style that Zhao has built in her carreer, would have worked better without focusing that much on subverting our expectations. Eternals is what TLJ was for Star Wars fans, a stylish and risky movie that fails to represent the spirit of the franchise.
6 months 2 weeks ago
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bionysos

Woke shit
3 months ago
CodeV's avatar

CodeV

Next great story in the Marvel Universe. You will meet a group of Earth keepers, each one with a superpower. But it is the matter of choices which side is good and which side is bad and are all the Eternals together or not ...
Fighting scenes with Deviants have solid action and all the movie was interesting to follow. Best role award goes to Gemma Chan.
6 months 1 week ago
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jlfitz

Streaming on Disney+
4 months ago
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TheUlisses

Stop calling it boring! It was good movie. I can only agree on cutting about 15-20 minutes of some unnecessary material but it is just cosmetics in solid story with great visuals.
6 months 1 week ago

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