Allison M. 🌱 🔜 Tribeca’s review published on Letterboxd:
Chloé Zhao had an amazing burden on her shoulders: going from making independent films to Marvel films. This happens to men all the time. So why not her?
We're taken to Babylon, London, the Gupta Empire, Mumbai, Australia, Hiroshima, Chicago, the Amazon, and Tenochtitlan. It's a nice adventure. The story is more palatable than some other MCU films.
My biggest problems with the film include a final battle that seems to go on for 5 billion years. Also Makkari's (Lauren Ridloff) hair was completely hidden the whole time.
All the actors were so good: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Barry Keoghan, Ma Dong-seok, and the aforementioned Lauren Ridloff. Ridloff's characer, Makkari, is now black, female, and deaf (the character was previously male). Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Ben (Haaz Sleiman) are a couple, bringing some LGBT representation. With Zhao's dedication to diversity, we get something a little better than the other films of the MCU. It feels more real. However, simultaneously, there are so many characters and it's impossible to really explore any of the characters in depth besides Gemma Chan's Sersi. At one point, Sersi's chest has an orange glow reminiscent of the effect in Antlers, but it was far less tacky here in Eternals.
Overall, I was underwhelmed by the story and disappointed by the length of the film. Let's remember that Alfred Hithcock once said, "The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder." However, with the strong actors and great special effects, it is at least worth checking out.
P.S. Angelina Jolie's hair was perfect.
-Dinosaurs preying on other dinosaurs
-Animals attacking humans and humans attacking animals
-Reference to farming humans for food for the Celestials
-People shoot at Deviants (and the Deviants attack people as well)
-Druig's (Barry Keoghan) leather jacket
Thena (Angelina Jolie) pets an iguana.