Eternals ★★★½

Nothing major in here, but I get into a few specifics that could be considered hinting at spoilers, so if you want to go in completely blind, tread carefully. Again, nothing major at all. Enjoy!

Gonna be a weird review because I'm a little conflicted on this one. I'll start by saying that it's good. It's not the masterpiece some have claimed it to be but it's definitely not a dumpster fire. By no means is it the worst Marvel movie. You have to start with the visual work because it's simply stunning. The lighting is impeccable, there is some incredible color work present, and overall it's just really pleasing to look at. There didn't appear to be as many practical sets as was marketed, but the visual effects in their place were extremely impressive. This has some of the best VFX work of the year, and of the entire MCU for that matter. Not once did it pull me out, which can happen from time to time with these movies. Next up, this cast. Wow! This movie might not have worked without an ensemble like this, but thankfully, everybody was one point. Gemma Chan gave one of my favorite performances of the year. Richard Madden is a beast! Barry Keoghan is phenomenal, a true star in the making. I can't wait to see what he does next. I'd love to name everybody because they're all amazing, one of the best ensembles I can remember. Again, for the most part, this really worked. But unfortunately, there's a couple of flaws that I simply can't look past. First off, the story was a bit of a mess at certain points. This thing needed to cover a ton of ground and I feel like the story took the biggest hit. There's something that happens early on, can't say because it's a spoiler, but it's a big moment. But it happens before we even know anything about what's going on. It was just weird. Next off, the film really focuses on the titular characters, The Eternals. And while the threat of The Deviants is always looming, they never really get enough focus to be memorable. They're well designed and serve their purpose to the story, but there could have been some more done to improve their involvement in the plot. I'm trying to avoid giving anything away, but I'll just say that the third act almost forgets entirely about them, and it's a little strange to say the least. Along with the fact that this movie needed to cover a ton of ground, there are a few massive exposition dumps in here, and in the moment, it's a bit overwhelming. There's been some talk about this film saying that it doesn't really feel like a Marvel movie, it's much more mature, it's very slow without much action. I'll be honest, I don't get it. This has your average MCU humor tacked on, the occasional gag that undercuts dramatic tension, and a good amount of action. While it is different, this still has that 'Kevin Feige Stamp' on it. Most of the time, this is a positive, on occasion, it's a negative. Ok, I think I got everything out. Again, this was good. I enjoyed it. Fantastic characters, brilliant direction, some flaws that I can't quite forgive, but overall, a product that I'm very positive on. Thumbs up!

MCU Ranking - #17

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