It was considered an odd choice by many, when director Chloé Zhao named "Eternals" her follow-up to her 2020 Best Picture Oscar winner, "Nomadland." Zhao - up until now - had only dealt in small, character-driven movies, so helming a massive Marvel movie didn't seem like the right fit. After watching "Eternals," you can definitely understand what drew Zhao to the film, but her lofty ambitions to bring truth and humanity to the sheer enormity of a comic book movie such as this ends up being a fool's errand.
"Eternals" is the largest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film to date in scope and aspiration, and that's why its failure on several fronts feels like such a colossal belly-flop.
Full disclosure: I had written a massive, several-paragraph-long, in-depth review on "Eternals" that was all ready to post...until a computer glitch saw me lose everything. I'm sorry to say that I just don't have it in me to try to re-create my full thoughts and feelings after having already poured myself into a review that will now never be read. My apologies to those looking for such a review.
Instead, here are some main points:
In summary? "Eternals" is the least fun I've ever had in a MCU film, and not lost on me, it's also the least fun experience I've ever had writing a review of an MCU movie, or any movie for that matter.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama.
Run Time: 2 hours 37 minutes.
Starring: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Lauren Ridloff, Ma Dong-seok.
Co-Writted and Directed by Chloé Zhao ("Nomadland," "The Rider").
"Eternals" opens in theaters on Friday, November 5th, 2021.
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