‘Eternals’ Review: Angelina Jolie Shines In Marvel’s Visually-Stunning But Busy Epic

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Review

November 4, 2021 3:25PM EDT

Marvel assembles a beardown formed with vets similar Angelina Jolie and newbies similar Lia McHugh for its latest movie ‘Eternals.’ While ‘Eternals’ does endure from an overstuffed plot, ‘Eternals’ is astatine its bosom a household play and little superhero blockbuster.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow and is bringing the Eternals into the fold. Chloé Zhao directs Marvel’s latest tale that explores the past and contiguous of the 10 Eternals. While we haven’t seen them yet wrong the MCU, the Eternals person been astir for thousands of years. They’re a cosmic contention created by Celestials who support humans from Deviants.

EternalsKumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, and Don Lee. (Walt Disney Studios/Marvel/Everett Collection)

Introducing a whopping 10 cardinal characters successful 1 movie is simply a feat, but Eternals does the champion it tin with its 2-hour and 37-minute runtime. Honestly, Eternals would person been amended suited arsenic a Disney+ constricted series. While Sersi is expected to look arsenic the person of the pack, it’s really Thena, Druig, and Phastos who person the astir affectional depth.

Angelina Jolie doesn’t get astir capable surface time, but she does wonders successful the clip that she’s given. Angelina plays Thena with quiescent force. Thena is simply a combatant to the bone, but the value of her thousands of years of surviving has begun to measurement connected her. Druig seeks to usage his powers to forestall unit successful the satellite and finds himself astatine likelihood with different members of the group. Barry Keoghan brings a swagger to his Druig and doesn’t hesitate to propulsion his sarcasm astatine different members of the group. He spices the movie up erstwhile it’s needed.

While Sersi (Gemma Chan) and Ikaris’ narration is cardinal to the Eternals plot, the astir effortless chemistry betwixt a brace wrong the radical is betwixt Druig and Makkari, played by Lauren Ridloff, who makes past arsenic Marvel’s archetypal deaf superhero. Despite years apart, Druig and Makkari’s transportation is undeniable. They’re playful and fun, but there’s an unspoken affectional propulsion to them that’s lacking betwixt Sersi and Ikaris (Richard Madden).

Marvel is making much past with Phastos, the franchise’s archetypal cheery superhero. Brian Tyree Henry steps into the relation with specified ease. Phastos has settled for a mean beingness aft thousands of years with the Eternals and lives a quiescent and fulfilling beingness arsenic a begetter and husband. Phastos steps up erstwhile he’s needed astir successful hopes of protecting his family. The stakes are precocious for everyone, but Phastos has truthful overmuch much to suffer than the different Eternals, which makes this cosmic being much relatable than immoderate of the others.

Lauren RidloffLauren Ridoff and Barry Keoghan successful ‘Eternals.’ (Walt Disney Studios/Marvel/Everett Collection)

Even though excessively galore storylines clog Eternals, the movie is exceptionally stunning. Zhao does a stellar occupation with the ocular effect, immoderate of the champion successful the MCU. Many of Zhao’s wide shots are breathtaking. Her usage of the wide and beauteous landscapes astir her, alternatively than CGI, assistance elevate the film.

Eternals goes against the emblematic Marvel movie grain, and determination are times that it works and times that it doesn’t. There are plentifulness of ways the Eternals could beryllium incorporated passim the MCU, and by the extremity of the movie, the possibilities are precise exciting. Eternals volition beryllium released successful theaters connected November 5.