I have seen all of the MCU movies, so I think that I have the credibility to make a reaction paper/review paper about MCU's latest release.
Great, great movie poster
First of all...
I do not own the picture above. I take no credit, whatsoever, on the photo used above.
Secondly, know that this is all my opinion, and I am not saying that I am, in any way, a professional when it comes to directing movies or screenplays. I don't mean to offend anyone, so I am genuinely sorry if I say something hurtful.
Also, can I just say that this movie poster is so beautiful? Let's take a moment to appreciate it. However, notice that it seems so familiar? Yes... Because that format has been used for a lot of MCU movies now, such as Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity Way, and a lot more... Change it up a bit, Marvels, please.
I have been an avid fan of Marvel's, just as my family is. We have seen each and every movie that MCU has released, except for the TV shows that are often shown on Netflix.
Why is this important to keep in mind?
Well, maybe it's because I think that the other films of Marvel influence my opinion of this movie.
Alright, so let's get into my opinion of the movie Eternals.
DISCLAIMER: this might contain some spoilers along the way...
Why the title, Stephanie?
Let's first talk about why I entitled my review as such. I called it predictable for the sole reason that... it is predictable.
Maybe it was because of the choice of camera work or the directing style, but I knew what would happen, and I called what would happen 10 minutes before it did. Also, I have only seen the trailer for the movie itself once, and I have a terrible memory. I tend to forget movies after I finish them.
For instance, I suspected Gilgamesh would die the moment they were attacked. This was when they went to get Druig in his nirvana place; I don't even remember what that place was called. When Gilgamesh helped Ikaris, I knew that someone had to die, and it wasn't the boy who flew too close to the sun. This was only further confirmed with the scene of Thena and Gilgamesh; with the 'remember' scene, I knew that he was going to die.
Why do I know that?
Because I knew that Marvels needed to give Thena a reason to fight, Thena was walking with a crutch, and she had to lose that in order to showcase her abilities.
Also, with Gilgamesh around, the team would be overpowered, especially if they're spinning it with two members betraying them in the further parts of the movie. They would want Thena fighting Ikaris.
In the case of Ajak dying, I knew from the flashback that Ikaris would betray her. I knew that he would kill her with that expression of his. I knew he crossed Ajak the moment that he was all this sad boy walking out of that Domo.
Lastly, what I said the moment I confirmed that Ikaris killed Ajak would have to die. Now, I plotted Ikaris' death in my mind as the movie progressed. I came up with three scenarios that would be great to see.
- Ikaris would battle Sersi, reluctantly. Ikaris would lose.
- Ikaris would battle Thena, and the two would occupy each other's time. The rest of the Eternals are fighting the Deviant. This will give enough time for Sersi to turn Tiamut into a marbled stone.
- SERSI WOULD LOSE HER BATTLE WITH IKARIS. Just as Ikaris was about to kill Sersi, who was lying on the ground, he would fly away as he could not do it. (NOTE: HE DOES NOT FLY INTO THE SUN)
Wouldn't that three scenarios be a sight to see? I expected so highly of the plot, and I ended up disappointed.
They ended it with Ikaris not fighting Thena for so long, not fighting Sersi at all, and not fulfilling his "duty" that he spoke highly of. It ended up with him killing Ajak, getting Gilgamesh killed, for no purpose or reason at all. We were left in the wind to wonder what might've happened.
I asked myself after his actions: "Where was his resolve to resurrect Tiamut? What was the point of killing Ajak???"
Now, not to say that me predicting the whole of Eternals was a horrible thing, and I would like to add that I often do this with every other move, so it wasn't at all different with Eternals. Maybe I am just so awesome that I could predict what would happen, Nostradamus-style.
Is there any good then?
I am not so heartless that I do not appreciate anything about the movies.
I loved it, actually, despite what everyone is saying. I am a contrarian, which is why I love it despite everyone hating it.
First, I enjoyed the plot a lot. Ten superheroes who adapted to modern society had to save the world. They had to follow someone who they thought of like a boss blindly. However, after spending many years on Earth, they have come to love humanity. They are also given a stake where they could save the current Earth or sacrifice it to create more. That's a very cool plotline that would really make you think about the worth of each choice.
Unfortunately, it was poorly executed in some parts of the movie. We should've given more screentime to everyone contemplating the stakes that they had. We didn't get to see them hesitating to save the world and regretting the fact that there would be a lot of life that wouldn't exist because of their choices.
I also loved the diversity. I love the inclusion with the casting that it had. Finally, after a thousand years of waiting (exaggerating here, yeah), we had very diverse casting. I love the unique abilities that each Eternals had. They were so awesome and badass.
Though I wanted to see more of the other characters, such as Druig, Phastos, and Thena, I need them to show me how badass Thena is. She is the Goddess of Wisdom, for Pete's sake. I wanted more Thena battles, to let her fight and kick Ikaris' ass. Also, I wanted them to emphasize how she got rid of the Mahd Wy'ry. That part lost me, and even when I watched it the second time, I still didn't get how she lost that one... Or if she even lost it in the first place.
Plus, DRUIG, man. Druig. Need I say more? I don't think I do.
Well, let's end it with Druig.
I'll be posting another article, emphasizing more on the endings that I think would've satisfied me when I watched the Eternals.
'Till then. Toodles~
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