I can’t start the Marvel Eternals Movie Review without saying that this movie is Marvel different. Like a Marvel movie it is a huge undertaking and BIG production. But, not a film that will feel quintessentially Marvel. So, what can you expect from Eternals? You can expect an origin story that gives us a practically blank canvas. So many things can happen from this starting point at the MCU!
Marvel Eternals Movie Review
As a Marvel fan, I will admit being a bit disoriented not to have the Marvelesque style all in in this movie. Don’t get me wrong. There is Marvel DNA, and lots of it. So, don’t let the hard-liner Marvel fans talk this movie down. But it is true that, I am left feeling that there is a punch that is missing. No, it is not the jokes. Eternals has the humor we expect at the MCU and it is delivered on point. I really can’t put my finger on it. I will say that, as an avid movie goer, this movie offers a lot. Starting with a lot of heart.
The first thing that struck me about the movie was the ease with which it seamlessly incorporates a deaf character (and actress) into the mix. That in itself is so powerful and beautiful! But, be warned, you will be constantly noticing lines, moments or events that will make you want to reflect further and stop to ponder a bit more. Get ready for a movie that will awaken your mind in ways you will not expect.
Big Cast, Big Powers
Marvel always serves a dish of villains we love and superheroes that show a not so polished side. This movie is not an exception to that. And, while it is a big cast, it feels as if everyone has its moment. Naturally, some will captivate you more than others. Salma Hayek delivers for me as a powerful leader that wants her team to expand their wings albeit through motherly eyes. I appreciate how Angelina Jolie addresses mental health in a way. Or, how Druig in trying to achieve a happy communal living style takes offers a force upon path.
Where is Marvel?
The dynamic in this movie is completely different to what we have experienced in any Marvel movie. Yes, movies like Endgame ripped out hearts out with the passing of IronMan. Or, we cheered with the arrival of Captain Marvel. Indeed the Eternals will have us going through different emotions. But, not a la Avengers style. Perhaps, the lack of the habitual, the new characters, and a whole new storyline will make you scratch your head. Nevertheless, we have seen a fast and big evolution in Marvel recent productions like WandaVision or Loki. And, they work! Undoubtedly, it is the new classic Marvel.
Diversity and A Collection of Firsts
I did mention this in my Eternals Parental Guide. But, I think it is worth sharing again. It is a movie of firsts for Marvel : The first openly gay superhero is featured alongside the first deaf superhero along with the first on screen love scene for Marvel.
It is About Humanity – Overall Eternals Movie Review
Visually, this movie is captivating. You might get dizzy at some points because so much is going on. Some of the outdoor sets are simply gorgeous. The CGI scenes with the celestial lost me a bit and took me back to the days of Guardians of the Galaxy which I liked better. That said, the CG work is incredible.
If, you are not a Marvel fan, you do not need to know the characters or history of the MCU. Because, this movie introduces us to a new Marvel mythology. And so, we discover together each of the Eternals. I will say, Thanos is mentioned a couple of times but that does not have a big repercussion in understanding this movie. Undoubtedly, this movie is deep. It brings with it many different topics to ponder: conservation, loyalty, following your own path, fighting for your principles, and the list goes on and on. You might be reeling about the different topics the movie pulls you into and expecting to see Marvel fight scenes to encounter hand to hand combat in a very different way.
Personally, I need to watch the movie again to soak it in better. I love the characters and how they develop. I love that there is too much and I need to digest some more. It is like a good book that needs two or three readings 🙂
This movie is brave, beautiful and we already know they will return. Definitively, a great new Marvel chapter start!
Do, make sure you stay for TWO post credit scenes that got a huge reaction from the audience !!
ABOUT MARVEL’S ETERNALS
Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
In theaters November 5th