The Eternals Film Review
The Eternals scored only forty-eight percent on Rotten Tomatoes - much less than the number scored by the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) offering Shang-Chi. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces The Eternals out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, the Deviants. As Rotten Tomatoes says, “the film is far from perfect;” however, they also stated that it pushes, “the MCU into a new territory.” Even though there were some positives to be taken from it, some fans expected Ajak, who was played by Salma Halek, to have a big role. For them, disappointingly, when the movie started, Ajak was already dead. A crushing blow for those who wanted to see her up on the silver screen.
On a more positive note, the movie is very much on point in terms of promoting equality - with a deaf, gay, indian, asian eternals and female characters playing lead roles. More film makers should take note and continue the good work done here in regard to tackling representation in the industry.
The film’s end credit scenes were very impressive as many critics have noted. In the first end credit scene, Eros, Thanos’ brother appears and wants to help The Eternals. In the second scene, Kit Harington finds a sword and before he touches it, a mysterious person speaks, “are you sure you want to do that?” This person is no other than Blade, an old favourite, introduced to the new phase of MCU films, leaving fans very eager to see how this would affect future Marvel phases.
In conclusion, I would rate this film an average 3 out of 5 as I think Chloe Zhao, the director, needs to take a few more risks if she wants to keep MCU ahead of their DC rivals.