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Started off very slow but got very interesting and dynamic towards the end!
So, after much hesitation from hearing all the negative and mixed thoughts, I finally dragged myself to check out "Eternals". And oh boy... the naysayers were wrong. What a surprise, an entire generation of audience fed on "safe" and predictable MCU action comedy fare getting turned off by this philosophical musing that literally opened with Pink Floyd's "Time". Yeah.
Needless to say, I couldn't have watched this grand adventure sooner. Is it a masterpiece? Not even remotely close. The filmmakers should have pushed harder against the Marvel executives about squeezing in more action scenes in fear of their audience falling asleep from all the philosophical moral debates the characters have among each other, but no, we get sometimes pointless scenes that serve little purpose other than keeping our ADD minds occupied.
And yet, on the other hand, sometimes they talk too much. Film is a visual medium; "show, don't tell" applies here even more than the book medium. Should have shown us the "beauty of humanity" Ajak talked about so much; should've shown us what's going on in Thena's head through a David Lynch/Sam Raimi-esque horror vision to let us learn how messed up her psychotic visions really are. But nope, we get dialogue and descriptions only.
And YET, I'm someone who believes that intent matters to a certain extent when it comes to filmmaking. The fact that MARVEL and the MCU even allowed such a complicated and bizarre source material to be greenlit, translated, and almost dumbed down for mainstream audiences is an impressive feat in itself. We're talking about literal gods with god-like values regarding the rights and wrongs of grooming an entire species (us) into a species of both beauty and violence. Not human values like money trouble (Falcon & Winter Soldier) or depression (Wandavision), but god-like values about the pains of being an immortal witnessing Hiroshima itself nuked into dust partially because of the main characters. So yeah, definitely a wild and ballsy take by Marvel there that's definitely worth commemorated in every way, no matter how mediocre some of the scenes turned out to be.
And that's why I find it so hard to give it a low score because a lot of the scenes, even though they could use more polish, are such a breath of fresh air compared to everything we've seen before from the generic action comedies that made up of the MCU. Sure, there's jokes here and there in Eternals too, but about 70% of the movie is just contemplation of the human condition and the meaning of their own existence - IN A MARVEL MOVIE. Disney/Marvel. Wrap your head around the movie studio releasing something like that. Even Pixar's Soul couldn't match the complexity of the themes presented here, folks (resorting to the kind of generic kiddish humor commonly found in the MCU instead).
9/10. I have no regrets at all. This was a hit and a swing, and it's a shame lots of people couldn't give this film the support it much needed, so instead, Marvel got a knee-jerk reaction and went for the pandering instead. "Quick! Release some fanservice in the Far From Home trailer!" Yeah. I'm still looking forward to Tobey showing up, but let's just call it what it is: fanservice. I would rather get Eternals 2 any day over Far From Over Spider-Man.
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