Movie Review: Eternals

November 14, 2021

Details from IMDB:

Eternals

6.9/10

The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

Initial Thoughts:

Ah Disney/Marvel (they are both almost the same thing these days), they have become like an old friend providing me with countless hours of quality entertainment. So while the reviews of this movie weren't great, I decided to go.

Main Points:

Marvel does a great job of building a complex, interweaved story between movies and Disney+ shows. So it makes the movies a requirement but in this case, aside from the two end credit scenes, this film is barely connected at all.

I'll go back to the positive. The acting was good all around, there were some funny parts, good (sometimes excellent) special effects, good action scenes, and the introduction of a character I really liked (two actually if you know who the voice is during the end-credit scene) and of course a good lead into what's coming next.

Now the not so good, the story is way too long and there were parts where I was just bored. I think this would have worked better as a two-parter or maybe even a mini-series. I've been reading comics for over 30 years and I barely know who the Eternals are. Yes I know that was the case with Guardians and Shang-Chi (and really with Iron Man!) but Marvel can't expect every group of obscure characters to produce a big hit. As I write this it has been number 1 two weeks in a row, which I'd say is quite good considering.

Final Thoughts:

I did appreciate how this is a more grown-up Marvel movie. There is a sex scene, some violence (with a little blood), and a few mature ideas. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie, just mediocre. I give it 6.5 out of 10, though if you haven't read the comics (I have read a few) you may enjoy it less. Please don't bring kids to this, ages 13+. Unless you really love the comic (or the actors) I don't recommend seeing this, at least not in the theaters, it will be on Disney+ before you know it. Stay right to the end for two post-credit scenes, they are probably the best parts of the movie.