Eternals ★★★½

Marvel Studios Eternals was a film I was expecting to love as I am a big fan of Chloe Zhao's Nomadland. I commend the ambition of this film; telling a story that spans centuries, introducing ten brand new main characters, one set of antagonists, the Celestials, and attempting to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe to new heights, but the cost is that you ultimately end up putting too much into one movie.

Much like Dune, I think this film would've benefitted from a Part Two or, at the very least, just a longer runtime to get more acquainted with everyone. The movie heavily leans on Sersei and Ikarus to carry most of the load, and when characters like Ajak, Kingo, Phastos, Thena, Druig get a moment or two in, they're great, but I kept wanting just a bit more character development. I really wish we got to spend more time developing Makkari, Sprite, and Gilgamesh.

The film itself is a visual feast with some of the MCU's best production design, cinematography, costume design (on par with Black Panther), and great visual effects. Ultimately, for me, it's a very dense story that juggles too much in too short of a runtime.

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