Movie Review: ‘Eternals’

Posted 1/21/22

A new group of Marvel superheroes is introduced in Eternals, a fun and action-packed origin story with a great cast. They are a group of immortal beings who live on Earth and who help impact …

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Movie Review: ‘Eternals’

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A new group of Marvel superheroes is introduced in Eternals, a fun and action-packed origin story with a great cast. They are a group of immortal beings who live on Earth and who help impact civilization.

We first see them in 5000 BCE. The heroes gather and save a tribe from attacking Apex predator dinosaurs — dinosaurs who hunt for food and who are distinguished by the fact that no one is strong enough to hunt them for food.

Cut to present day London. Professor Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) is substituting for the delayed Professor Sersi (Gemma Chan). He is also her boyfriend. When he asks her to move in with him, she declines.

Dane suspects she is a wizard:

“And I heard your ex-boyfriend can fly.”

“He’s a pilot.”

“Are you really in love,” Sprite (Lia McHugh) asks Sersi.

“What if I am?”

“Then you better tell him the truth.”

When they are attacked by Apex predators and are rescued by Ikaris (Richard Madden).

“You must be the pilot,” Dane says.

“We’re eternals, from the planet Olympia. We came to earth to protect the world from the Deviants. We thought we eradicated them 500 years ago. Now they’re back.”

“If you don’t want to move in with me, just say so,” he replies.

“Why didn’t you protect the world from Thanos?” he asks, referencing the Marvel series that featured the Avengers and a multitude of other heroes, “or any war?”

“If we protected you from everything, you never would have had a chance to develop the way you were supposed to.”

After a battle in 575 BC in Babylon, there is a suggestion that the engine be shared with humanity. When it is decided that people are not ready for such progress, they settle on the plow. We see them in 400 AD in the Gupta Empire, where they lose a member of their team. In 1521 AD in Tenochititlan, they witness war and debate whether they should have let society advance technologically.

With the return of the Deviants, the Eternals reunite. They each have unique powers: Sersi can transform matter, wood to metal; Ajak (Salma Hayek), has healing powers; Kingo (the great Kumail Nanjiani, who provides great comic relief) can shoot lasers out of his fingers; Sprite can create illusions; Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) is a speedster; Gilgamesh (Ma Dong-seok) has super strength; Druig (Barry Keoghan) can control minds; Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) can create technology with his mind; Thena (Angelina Jolie) can conjure up weapons from thin air; and Ikaris can fly and shoot lasers from his eyes.

The film is visually stunning but moves slowly at points and unlike “The Avengers,” none of the characters were known to the audiences before through other films. But these characters are interesting and are worth the investment.

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