Eternals ★★★★

The pacing is the biggest issue with Eternals. For the first 20 minutes it fronts with seemingly mindless action and empty character work, but the weirdest thing happened. Suddenly the film became extremely engaging, and refreshing, which is a welcome change in a landscape of predictability in the MCU.

And with that comes polarization. Walking out I knew that Eternals would have a mixed reception because of it's "stand apart" qualities. But I can't help but fall in love with the characters, who have their own idiosyncrasies. They're flawed, immortal, and thrust in a world where they can't interfere. So this causes that one element that makes movies fun: conflict.

The only MCU trait that aligns with the pack is the comedy. There's plenty it, but it works because it's sincere and endearing.

Eternals is not perfect for the stumbling beginning and Jolie plays a character that doesn't seem fully fleshed out on screen. She doesn't quite fit in. But overall, it's one of the best experiences since Endgame.