'Eternals' Review: Is This Marvel Film Worth the Watch?

Will this assembly of new superheroes in "Eternals" be one we can't miss, or are they not as extraordinary as we hoped they'd be?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Eternals Review: Is This Marvel Film Worth the Watch?

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

The timeline continues with the newest heroes that'll be joining the MCU this weekend in "Eternals." This group of guardian angels have been watching from a far. But now that the Emergence has been set in motion, they're finally going to intervene. As the silent protectors of various planets in the universe, they've been instructed to never interfere in any issues on Earth, no matter how dire the circumstances might be. Their primary purpose was to defend the Earth from evil life forms known as Deviants. Though these Deviants have been thought to be extinct for thousands of years, they aren't anymore. It'll be up to the Eternals whether or not the human race will survive. Before you watch "Eternals," take a quick look at our review first.

Reasons to Watch...

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • With such a large cast of MCU newcomers, most of whom haven't worked together before, their chemistry is remarkable. They're so comfortable with each other that you'll believe they've actually known each other for thousands of years.
  • The comedic chemistry is off the charts with Kumail Nanjiani as a readily available source of comic relief for any overly tense situation.
  • There are some spectacularly choreographed fight scenes with the Eternals going up against Marvel's beautifully untamed CGI monsters.
  • Director Chloe Zhao takes a different approach slowing down the narrative a bit and invests some real time to have you emotionally invested in every new character being introduced to the MCU. She reveals the true essence of these heroes at their core.

Or Not...

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • It feels as though Zhao is introducing these new characters at her own leisure and maybe invests too much time into who they are. Because of this, the trek to a resolution can feel twice as far ahead.
  • When compared to other MCU films, the tone doesn't feel as urgent or compelling, even though the stakes are the highest they've ever been.
  • Because the film tries to cater to two audiences, Marvel fans and Zhao fans, it falls slightly short for both. It's as if she's trying to make an indie popcorn film.

Watch or Not?

For "Eternals," on balance, we definitely think you should watch it.

We can understand both sides of this debate about whether or not "Eternals" is worth the watch. Chloe Zhao was given the monumental task of helming a big-budget Marvel film while also appealing to her own fans and bringing her distinct imprint to this less complex genre. In our opinion, she's done a great job of capturing the ethos of a typical MCU film. And we commend her courage to mix things up. She forces audiences to look a little closer at their new heroes instead of just solely focusing on what their powers are. Sometimes a hero's greatest strength or weakness is an emotional one.

Watch it now in theaters

Eternals Poster

Eternals

PG-13

Action

November 5, 2021

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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