The Marvel Cinematic Universe goes into an exciting direction with its twenty-sixth feature film. After directing the Oscar-winning film “Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao creates a visually stunning superhero film. Unfortunately, the film spends two hours and forty minutes throwing a ton of plot exposition rather than giving us the fantastic character development we are used to seeing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The action scenes and cinematography look beautiful, drawing inspiration from the work of visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick. The film also features excellent performances from the ensemble cast, which includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, Salma Hayek as Ajak, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. Based on the material shown onscreen, it feels like “Eternals” would have been a lot better if it was featured as a miniseries on Disney Plus instead of a movie. “Eternals” is by no means the worst Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Still, it does feel like an interesting experiment to try something new in the series, even if not everything succeeds. Featuring incredible visuals and great performances by the ensemble cast, “Eternals” will have you coming up with your own opinion on where the film stands within the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s film lineup.
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