Movie Review: “The Eternals”

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Emma Boyd, Staff Writer

On November 5, Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios released the much-anticipated movie, “The Eternals”, a movie that marked the beginning of a new generation of Marvel heroes. 

The movie began 5,000 years before 2021 in Mesopotamia with two people fishing when they were attacked by an ocean Deviant. The Eternals appeared and a short battle took place, after, they all stood in a triangular “hero” pose and the Marvel logo appeared on-screen. 

After the logo appeared and the Marvel theme song played, it cut to the present day. Two of the Eternals, Sersi and Dane, were teaching in the UK and the class was disrupted by an earthquake. Sersi saved a child by turning a piece of the falling building into sand. Later, a Deviant showed up, and Sersi, Dane, and Sprite fought off the Deviant. During the battle, another Eternal appeared, Ikaris, to help fight the Deviant. Then all of them went to the leader of their group, Ajak, as they were all under the impression that the Deviants were dead. 

What started out as a simple diversion in their lives turned into a catastrophic situation. The Deviants were trying to kill all life forms and it was the Eternals’ job to protect them. They came up with a plan to destroy all the Deviants and protect the world from utter destruction while discovering dark secrets amongst the group. 

The expectations of “The Eternals” were very high considering that this was the beginning of the transition into a new generation of Marvel heroes and die-hard Marvel fans were expecting the best. The film faced a lot of pressure because of the hopes that it would live up to the glorified comic version of the story. With all of the fans pushing to check all of the boxes that Marvel normally meets, the movie was deemed mediocre and did not live up to everyone’s high standards. Director Chloé Zhao rushed the movie through the plot and left the fans with a disapproving ending. 

“The film faced a lot of pressure because of the hopes that it would live up to the glorified comic version of the story. With all of the fans pushing to check all of the boxes that Marvel normally meets, the movie was deemed mediocre and did not live up to everyone’s high standards. Director Chloé Zhao rushed the movie through the plot and left the fans with a disapproving ending. “”

— Emma Boyd

While the film was rushed through and did not meet all of the high expectations put forth by die-hard fans, there were elements that a handful of the audience enjoyed. Many audience members enjoyed the idea of diversity and that the director stuck to the original plot from the comics. Before going to watch the movie in theaters, take this review into consideration and be prepared for mediocre results.