Chloe Zhao has directed and co-written for Marvel a very grown-up superhero movie. Eternals stars Gemma Chan as Sersi who has power with her hands to change items from its original elements; Richard Madden as Ikaris, he shoots cosmic beams from his eyes and can fly; Angelina Jolie as Thena, a warrior who can form a weapon from her hands and has a close relationship with Gilgamesh played by Don Lee who has enormous strength. Salma Hayek as Ajek who the leader of the Eternals and is the connection between the Celestials who sent the Eternals to earth. Kit Harrington plays Dane Whitman a current day love interest of Sersi, and we find that there is more than meets the eye with him. Kumail Nanjani as Kingo who sends power through his hands and has enjoyed his time on earth. Kingo’s earthly manager is Kaurn played by Harish Patel. Lia McHugh plays Sprite who is appears as a child but is a grown up and her power is visual illusions. Phastos played by Brian Tyree Henry, who is the creator of the weapons and is the first gay superhero in the MCU. Makkari played by Lauren Ridloff has super speed and the is the first deaf superhero. Lastly, Druig, played by Barry Keoghan whose power is that he can mind control anyone. These are the Eternals and their main job is to protect earth from the Deviants.
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This movie is incredibly good. Its vibrant and the CGI is particularly good. According to director Zhao, there were some practical effects used as well. None of this interfered with the visuals of the movie. A conversation between Sersi and Dane explains why the Eternals never interfered when Thanos did his famous snap. Eternals is action packed from beginning to end. There are times when there are lulls, but it advances the story and gives us background of what the Eternals have done on Earth for the past seven thousand years. It also explains that during this time how some of the Eternals like Sersi, Kingo, Phastos and Ajek admire and why they want to protect the people of earth because they see that the people of Earth are fighters.
Eternals is about family. Not too long after the Eternals landed on earth they separated and lived their own lives. It’s not until the Deviants who they thought they destroyed, are back and harder to destroy. Even though they haven’t seen each other in centuries, they knew it was important to get together to save earth and their people. Not all agree and when the real reason as to why they came to the planet comes out and a riff occurs again but, in the end, there is love between them all and they come together as one no matter the cost.
The relationships between them all was touching and considering how large the cast is, Zhao was able to let the audience feel for each one. My favorite character in the film was not an Eternal but the only human Karun who is Kingo’s manager. He was the relief that’s needed when things got tense and the emotion when the team begins to fall apart. Gemma Chan shines as the lead and her connection with Richard Madden is strong, to me a little stronger than Kit Harrington. I really didn’t start to believe their relationship until the end. Makkari and Druig’s connection is just rom com ready. The way they look at each other, you know there is love there. The relationship that touched me the most was between Gilgamesh and Thena. The scenes between Don Lee and Angelina Jolie were heartwarming and heart breaking. The devotion that they have for each other pulls at your emotions with what they go through.
Eternals is Marvel but more grown up. They address situations that have never been shown in a Marvel movie and that may put off some people but not me. The end credits get you excited for the MCU and there are some lines that address what’s been going on. Lastly, I love the ode to Star Wars in the beginning of the movie. Overall, Eternals is a good movie to connect to the next series of movies for Phase 4.
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