The Eternals are Among Us

By Nirupa Mohan Dore | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 20 2021
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By Nirupa Mohan Dore

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The latest action-adventure superhero film by Marvel Studios, Eternals, released recently, with the tagline ‘In the beginning.’ Based on Eternals by Jack Kirby, the story by Kaz Firpo and Ryan Firpo, marks the 26th film as part of the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film captures the essence of what viewers expect from Marvel films, as it follows a group of 10 superpowered immortal beings, who have unique individual powers. The team, known as the Eternals, are a race who have been on Earth, secretly living their lives for thousands of years among humans. Their sole initial purpose for arriving on earth in 5000 BCE was because they were assigned to protect humans by exterminating Deviants, which they accomplished in the 1500s. Suddenly after over 500 years, in present day, the Deviants re-emerge, prompting the Eternals to reassemble their team, to prepare for battle. 

The film features a star-studded cast of experienced celebrities as the Eternals, which include Angelina Jolie as Thena, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Brian Henry as Phastos. The film also features Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, a human character who is dating Sersi, while Harish Patel stars as Karun, a man who worked on making Kingo’s Bollywood films, and now serves as his hilarious human valet.

The 157-minute film by director Chloe Zhao, was made together with producers Nate Moore and Kevin Feige, working in collaboration with production company Marvel Studios. The film with distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, was made with a budget of US$ 200 million, and impressively earned over US$162 million at the worldwide box-office on its opening weekend, easily becoming the second-highest earning Hollywood film during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile the Eternals received moderate ratings with 46 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes, 52 per cent on Metacritic and 6.9/10 on IMDb, backed by mixed reviews with many appreciating the visuals and overall layout, while others criticised the runtime and exposition.

The film is filled with several plot twists, that see the Eternals having to face external and internal challenges every step of the way, with the audience joining in on the journey as the story unfolds. The Eternals deliver emotional depth, drama, and creatively choreographed action, supported by an intriguing plot that shows the Eternals have individual opinions about what their responsibilities and duties should be.

Being an origin story for the Eternals, as they join the MCU film series, the film seemed like it was trying hard to cover a lot of ground, with mentions of components from other MCU films, which helped with placement for the film to almost fit in with the series comfortably.

The film gives viewers an immersive experience, with Marvel delivering what is expected, but fell short on character development, failing to take the time to introduces each Eternal’s individual personality with more insightful depth, but instead rushes to highlight their strengths, then focuses on the core story.

The Eternals is a must watch for all Marvel fans, given its detailed storytelling, fun comedy elements complimented by amusing dialogue, and engaging action sequences.The film may feel a bit long at times, but the action and humour make it worth watching.

By Nirupa Mohan Dore | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 20 2021

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