Was “The Eternals” Any Good?


Tylissa Arnold, Reporter

On Nov. 5th, Marvel released its new movie The Eternals. Directed by Chloe Zhao, who has directed movies such as Nomadland and The Rider, The Eternals follows warriors known as Eternals who were sent to Earth in order to help humans advance, but they could not interfere with human affairs. What they were allowed to do was protect them from monsters called Deivents. The group of 10 kil what they believed to be the last Deviant, then the group disbanded.
Jumping to present day, Sersi (Gemma Chan) is out with her friend and fellow Eternal Sprite (Lia McHugh) and Sersi’s boyfriend Dane (Kit Harington) when the three get attacked by a Deviant. Soon after, Ikaris (Richard Madden) comes to help them, but they actually lose. Before they are killed by the monster, Sprite teleports both Ikaris and Sersi out of harm’s way. That’s when they decide that the old team needs to get back together: Ajak (Salma Hayek), Druig (Barry Keoghan), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Kingo (Kumail Najiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), and Phastos (Brain Tyree Henry). They come together and defeat the deviants for good.
The Eternals was different from the other Marvel movies for a number of reasons, the most noticeable was that there wasn’t as much humor as they’re usually is in a Marvel movie. Though it’s different, it’s appreciated. Due to the nature of most of the movie, random spouts of humor wouldn’t really fit.
This movie did a good job at introducing the characters and who they were. At the very start of the movie, a scrolling screen that resembled the beginning of a Star Wars movie rolled down the screen which gave the viewer a brief introduction to what a celestial, an eternal, and what a deviant was.
Zhao did an amazing job at making their world come to life. Between the camera angles and just the sheer beauty of the scenery really made the movie come together. During a high action scene, the camera would closely follow behind the actor or it would go to a wide shot so you can see the entire fight.
The last praise I have for this film is the representation. Most of the cast was POC (people of color) which is so refreshing to see when superhero movies typically have a mostly white cast. Another thing is that there’s an openly gay character, which I have never seen in a movie like this before. It was amazing. This has the potential to show the kids who watch this movie that even people like them can be heroes too.
If I was being honest, I would go back to the theater and rewatch it at least three more times.