I went to watch Marvels' Eternals with some trepidation because of all the bad critic reviews.
But I enjoyed it a lot. Beautifully shot, lovely costume design, great performances, and nice action set pieces.
The Deviants were a tad generic but the movie had soul. I felt the feelings.
I don’t get the Eternals hate from the critics. Maybe they don’t like to see a diverse cast like this. Maybe they wanted the usual formula of witty Marvel banter. I don’t know. The hate seems over the top.
Chloe Zhao showed that you CAN bring ten superheroes together that no one has ever seen, and make the ensemble work. And make us feel for them.
There is a lot going on, and you will need to follow the plot a little closely, but I enjoyed the questions and tensions it created.
Angelina Jolie was badass as Thena and I appreciated that Chloe Zhao didn’t let the big stars like Jolie and Hayek hog the limelight, choosing instead to use them sparingly in the background.
Gemma Chan held the fort so well. I’m glad they brought her back after her stint as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.
I think this movie looks best on IMAX. Them mountains and landscapes are awesome in IMAX. I’m also a bit of an ancient history nerd. So looking at all the civilizations referenced excited my little mind and made me want to go back and play Sid Meier's Civilization VI.
It looks to be a divisive movie. Some call it the worst Marvel movie so far, as bad as Thor: The Dark World (I did not think that was very bad either) or as bad as The Incredible Hulk (the one with Edward Norton in it, and yes, this wasn't very good). I certainly don't think it is bad.
Some say it is the best movie Marvel has ever made, which I think is a little high praise. I think it is a nice effort to do something different. It is a somewhat more serious Marvel movie than usual (it certainly isn't Guardians of the Galaxy) that stands on its own, unencumbered by ties to the MCU and yet fits into that universe too. You can enjoy this self-contained movie if you have never seen an MCU movie before, but it is cool if you want to know why the Eternals never interfered in the Avengers saga. It is quite convincingly explained.
Stay for the two post-credit scenes, and if you want to enjoy them, don’t look for the leaks.