Movie Review: Eternals

Richard Madden, the actor for Ikaris, pictured at comic con.

Richard Madden, the actor for Ikaris, pictured at comic con.

Olivia Tingle, Reporter

“Eternals” is the newest installment in the marvel franchise that was released only in theaters on November 5, 2021. The director, Chloe Zhao, explores the subject anyone, including people considered “heroes”, truly good. The narrative follows an ensemble cast of characters that were sent to earth to protect the newly formed human race from the deviants, creatures set on killing all capable lifeforms.

The film skips around in the timeline to modern day England where we follow one of the Eternals, Sersi (Gemma Chan), discovering the resurgence of the deviants, creatures they assumed were extinct. Instead of coming after humanity, the deviants are only targeting the Eternals. To ensure the safety of earth, Sersi goes out to find the rest of the Eternals to come back together and fight off the remaining creatures. Coming back together forces them to expose their moral beliefs to each other, with the idea that there are no such thing as truly good or bad people. The internal dilemma causes them to overshadow the idea of the “family” that they created.

“Eternals” has thought-provoking themes throughout the film that leaves the audience questioning, “was the resolution the best option?” It created many different routes the Eternals could have taken to reach the end goal, along with creating different goals for each character that contradicted each other. The film created an on-edge environment that led to betrayal and twists, some more expected than others. Paired with the internal conflicts, the film makes an alright attempt to force the audience to look at the different perspectives and reasoning behind their actions.

“Eternals” made a decent attempt at putting together a cast that works well together and makes the audience feel for the characters. Paired with the themes and the creative cinematography the “Eternals” makes an interesting movie to watch for the first time. Due to the impressive acting and decent plot I give it a 3.5 out of 5 shields.