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Eternals

This is one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen. Not in a good way either. It isn’t massively experimental and it doesn’t really do anything new, it’s just full of really weird narrative choices. It’s fairly diverse set of characters are quite nice to see, but equally that’s more of a symptom of a general problem in mainstream movies than a credit to this. 

The characters are really disappointing. The most likeable by far is Gilgamesh, but Marvel are becoming far too comfortable with the big guy who’s funny cause he’s a bit dopey trope. My biggest issue with the characters though is that nothing comes off as believable in any way. These are beings who are thousands and thousands of years old, but we’re supposed to buy into the idea that the human they’re dating or the family they’ve had for the last ten or so years are the most important things in their existence. What’s worse is the romantic parts of the story could’ve easily been written by Richard Curtis, and I mean that as negatively as possible. 

Scale is a huge problem too. Again, these beings are supposed to be thousands and thousands of years old, and they’ve never really done anything significant. Just the fact that they’re getting together to do something significant should feel like a huge deal, but I can’t say I ever felt any tension. Everything was just very flat. Another thing I found strange is that Batman and Superman get referenced a couple of times. I don’t get it. This is a world where Iron Man, Captain America etc all exist. Why would people reference fictional characters rather than the ones that are supposed to be real? I really wanted to like this, but I just don’t.

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