“Eternals” introduces a whole new world to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The sci-fi fantasy film is directed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao, image and director, “Nomadland” (2020), for which she was also nominated for an Academy Award, Screenplay and Editing.
Zhao went from directing “Nomadland”, one of the most independent films, in terms of concept, story, direction and actor, to “Eternals”, one of the most addicting films, in terms of concept, history, achievement and action.
Welcome to the MCU graduate school, Chloé Zhao.
“Nomadland” was a critical and commercial success. “Eternals” is a critical failure and a commercial success.
The characters of “Eternals” are known to fans of Marvel Comics. The characters may be mostly new to MCU moviegoers. The Eternals are 10 superheroes from the past. Think: A Wiser “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014).
“Eternals” is a grand, sprawling epic that, much like Marvel’s end credits, sets up a sequel. Given the box office success of “Eternals,” a sequel is guaranteed.
“Eternals” awkwardly moves from present to past to future for who knows when and where in a scenario as confusing as it is confusing. “Eternals” needed a good editor. (Yours really raises your hand.)
The screenplay was written by Zhao, Patrick Burleigh (“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”, 2021) and Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo (their first full-length screenplay), based on a screen story (What a Screen Story ?) by the Firpos based on the Marvel Comics characters created by Jack Kirby. Where’s Stan Lee when we need him? Probably hanging out in eternity with Kirby.
“Eternals” has spectacular visuals, as you would expect, nuanced here by Zhao’s penchant for rock-strewn views, backlighting, and the golden hour of the day of filming in the cinematography of the cinematographer Ben Davis (“Cry Macho”, 2021; “Captain Marvel”, 2019; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, 2017).
The storyline for “Eternals” would take place after “Avengers: Endgame” (2019).
“Eternals” is an origin story. It is also a story of creation. He claims humanoid superheroes have been around since the beginning of time, behind the scenes, pulling strings, doing things. It reminds me of a certain Rolling Stones song. Then again, maybe I am mything something.
Speaking of songs, the film opens quite promisingly with Pink Floyd’s “Time” and ends with an awakening, Foreigner’s “Feels Like The First Time”. Why, I have no idea. The songs give the film the energy it so badly needs to pull it out of its lethargy.
There has been a lot of talk about the diversity and portrayal of the characters in “Externals”. The discussion is off topic. The point is, “Eternals” is a mess.
One of the characters from “Eternals” is Gilgamesh (not to be confused with the Sumerian king, circa 2800-2500 BC. In a scene from “Eternals”, the character, Gilgamesh (Don Lee) is jokingly transformed into a big baby wearing a bib that says Gilga Mess.
This scene sums up the movie pretty well.
“Eternals” is two films, even three films, in one. (Insert the images of the drum rim here.)
In one movie, “Eternals” is a superhero movie with many intense battle scenes, where the Externals fight off the Deviants, who are some of the ugliest and most disgusting monsters that computer-generated imagery has ever seen. brought to the big screen. Deviants are muscular creatures, almost all muscular, in the form of ferrets resembling lizards.
In the second film, in “Eternals”, Sersi (Gemma Chan) is in love with Ikaris (Richard Madden), who apparently dumped her millennia ago. Sersi is now playing it safe by dating Dane Whitman (Kit Harington), who she works with at the Natural History Museum in London.
In the third film, in “Eternals”, there are those who have, to quote a cliché, problems. Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) is a Bollywood movie star who wants to be taken seriously as an actor. Sprite (Lia McHugh), is stuck at 12 and wants to be able to grow up. Ajak (Salma Hayek) is apparently codependent in that she seems to want to save everyone (Mighty Mouse and Superman were also codependent. Aren’t they all superheroes? Now there’s a title for a movie from superhero: “Codependents.”). Thene (Angelina Jolie) is apparently royally irritated (or perhaps thinking about when she could wear a franchise, as in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, 2001, 2003.). Druig (Barry Keoghan) is just irritated.
There’s also Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), who would be the first gay character in an MCU feature film; Karun (Harish Patel), Kingo’s valet; Makkari (Lauren Ridloff, deaf actress); Kro (voice of Bill Skarsgård) and Arishem (voice of David Kaye).
Sometimes the emotions in “Eternals” are operatic, as in the soap opera. I’m waiting to see the tabloid headlines at the supermarket checkouts.
Oh, for the days of simple cartoon superheroes. Popeye the sailor ate spinach. He fought Bluto. And he loved Olive Oyl.
“Eternals” is the 26th feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bet on a 27, a 28 and … You see the board. Yes, you will get the picture whether we like it or not.
Rated PG-13 by the MPAA (Parents Strongly Caution: Some content may be inappropriate for children under 13) for fantasy violence and action, some language and brief sexuality; Genre: Science-Fiction, Fantasy; Runtime: 2 hrs, 26 mins. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Anonymous credit readers:
An opening prologue is displayed in a vertical “Star Wars” -type crawl.
“Eternals” was filmed in the Canary Islands, Spain, and London and Pinewood Studios, England, and Los Angeles.
Halfway through the end credits, Eros-Starfox (Harry Styles) appears with his assistant, Pip the Troll (Patton Oswalt). I expected Styles to embark on one of his stunning concert stage dances.
At the end of the end credits, Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) opens a drawer to reveal the Dark Knight’s ebony blade.
Finally, at the very end of the end credits, a press release announces: “The Eternals will come back. Thanks for the warning.
At the movie theater:
“Eternals” was seen in Dolby format at Movie Tavern Trexlertown.
Cinema ticket office,
Nov 12-14: “Eternals” continued for a second straight week at No.1 with $ 27.5 million, in 4,090 theaters, $ 118.7 million, two weeks, as “Clifford the Big Red Dog “opened at No. 2, with $ 16.4 million, in 3,700 theaters, for the weekend, and $ 22 million since opening Nov. 10.
“Dune” lost one place, $ 5.5 million, 3,282 theaters, $ 93.1 million, four weeks. 4. “No Time to Die” lost one spot, $ 4.6 million, 2,867 theaters, $ 150.4 million, six weeks. 5. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” lost one spot, $ 4 million, 2,538 theaters, $ 202.7 million, seven weeks. 6. “Ron’s Gone Wrong” lost one seat, $ 2.2 million, 2,430 theaters $ 20.7 million, four weeks. 7. “The French Dispatch” lost one seat, $ 1.8 million, 1,225 theaters, $ 11.6 million, four weeks. 8. “Belfast”, opening, $ 1.8 million, 580 theaters. 9. “Spencer” lost one seat, $ 1.5 million, 1,265 theaters, $ 4.6 million, two weeks. 10. “Antlers” lost one place, $ 1.2 million, $ 1,825.9.6 million, three weeks.
Box Office Mojo ticketing information as of November 14 is subject to change.
“Ghostbusters: the afterlife”
PG-13: Jason Reitman directs Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Rudd, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson in the fantasy comedy. The legend of the original “Ghostbusters” (1984) is explored.
PG-13: Reinaldo Marcus Green directs Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, and Saniyya Sidney in the biopic drama. Tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams are mentored by their father Richard Williams.
A: Mike Mills directs Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, Woody Norman, and Scoot McNairy in the drama. A radio journalist goes on a trip across the country with a young nephew.
No MPAA Rating: David Silverman and Raymond S. Persi direct the vocal talents of Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Ken Jeong and Zazie Beetz and the animation of the adventure comedy. Op and Ed travel back in time to the Galapagos Islands from 1835 to the present day to learn that they are extinct.
Information on the film’s opening dates from Internet Movie Databased as of November 14 is subject to change.
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PHOTO CONTRIBUTED WITH COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES Ten superheroes from the past appear in “Eternals.”