Film: Eternals (2021)

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The movie juggernaut that is Marvel Studios, thunders on with their 26th production – Eternals.

  1. Shown in order of recommended viewing (not ‘date of release’).

    1. Captain America: The First Avenger
    2. Captain Marvel
    3. Iron Man
  2. 4. Iron Man 2
    5. The Incredible Hulk
    6. Thor
    7. The Avengers/Avengers Assemble*
    *
    Slightly different title for the UK only
    8. Iron Man 3
    9. Thor: The Dark World
    10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    11. Guardians of the Galaxy
    12. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    13. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    14. Ant-Man
    15. Captain America: Civil War
    16. Black Widow
    17. Spider-Man: Homecoming
    18. Doctor Strange
    19. Black Panther
    20. Thor: Ragnarok
    21. Avengers: Infinity War
    22. Ant-Man and the Wasp
    23. Avengers: Endgame
    24. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
    25. Spider-Man: Far From Home
    26. Eternals
    27. Spider-Man: No Way Home

For reasons that I can’t quite recall, I didn’t get round to seeing this at the cinema when it was first released in the UK on the 5th of November last year. And that’s quite rare for me – I’m normally queuing within 2 nano-seconds of a Marvel Studio’s release! 😯

It was only a couple of months before this, that we had Marvel’s then-latest: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, hitting the big screen back on September 6th, 2021 – and that was excellent! (And since then, we’ve also had Spider-man: No Way Home released). I even knew those who normally wouldn’t be associated with anything containing ‘super-hero’ in the content, commenting how good Shang-Chi was – and Spider-man did really well at the Box Office too! Some eternally large shoes to fill then!! 🤔.

And, just to put things into context, I’ve enjoyed all the 25 Marvel releases so far (well, maybe apart from the two Guardians of the Galaxy outings – I never really ‘got’ those! 🙄).

But, in spite of Marvel’s great track record, I’m going into Eternals with some trepidation. Reviews by the professional critics just after it was first released, suggested this one’s a bit of a misfire. Rotten Tomatoes only gave it 47% – Ouch! 🤐. Why? The consensus seems to be: Too many characters; not enough time to get to know them; a drawn-out plot; and CGI that looked like a bit of an afterthought.

It’s got a stellar cast though, so maybe they’re all just being a bit fussy! Possibly! 🤔

Anyway, what do they know? 😮

The Creatives

Cast
Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Ma Dong-seok

Director
Chloé Zhao

Writing Credits
Chloé Zhao (screenplay)
Patrick Burleigh (screenplay)
Ryan Firpo (screenplay)
Kaz Firpo (screenplay)
Ryan Firpo (screen story)
Kaz Firpo (screen story)
Jack Kirby (Marvel Comics)

Techy Specs
Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos/IMAX 6-Track/Dolby Digital/DTS (DTS: X)
Aspect Ratio: 1.90:1 (IMAX version)/2.39:1 (Theatrical version)
Cinematography: ARRIRAW (4.5K) (source format)/Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)/Dolby Vision/Super 16 (source format)
Processing: Laboratory: Company 3, Los Angeles (CA), USA (colour & finish) and Pinewood Digital (digital dailies)
Negative Format: 16 mm (Kodak Ektachrome 100D 7294) Codex
Printed Film Format: D-Cinema (also 3D version)/DCP Digital Cinema Package

Full cast and crew, courtesy of IMDB, is HERE.

The Plot

The Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have
secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants.

Fast-forward to the 12th January 2021, and rather sooner than I expected (thanks to streaming giant Disney+) the movie was now available to watch from the comfort of your own home (even before the DVD release!) 😮

And to make things feel a bit more special, it was being beamed into homes in iMax Enhanced (techy explanation here!) – unique to Disney+! 👍

I know, try to contain your excitement, knowing that this special presentation has a screen ratio of 1.90:1, instead of the usual 2.35:1 widescreen release! Simply put: no black bars top and bottom! (Stay awake at the back!). Well, I’m excited!!!! 😜

So, a few weeks after Disney+’s official day of release, tonight we invited Jo and Janet up for a second opinion – helped by a communal Curry-fest! But would the yummy food and the absence of the bars of colour be enough to silence these assembled armchair critics?

Chicken Makahini
Katsu
Spinach and Paneer

…and to finish, surely the best foody-creation ever for ending a curry night – ‘Little Moons‘. It was only the second time I’d tried these, but they really were the ideal dessert for post-curry experiences! 😋😋

Curry Rating

It’s another long one (Ooo, Matron! 😜) – 2 hours 36 minutes. So, see you on the other side!

How was it?

Well, was it as bad as Matrix: Resurrections – possibly the worst film I’ve ever seen?

Actually, no, we all found it to be excellent entertainment. We didn’t notice the long running time (but we did pause it a couple of times for seconds and liquid refills! 😁) The special effects were what we’ve come to expect from Marvel – Amazing! – whilst the storyline, although a bit twisty-turny, worked well, and differed significantly from the normal good v evil narrative. The top-notch and racially-diverse cast did a great job throughout, although the line between those ‘wearing the white hats’ did become increasingly blurred. And just a final point about those black bars… they still appeared in some scenes, so you won’t see the ‘iMax full-screen’ effect all the time (I know, you’re gutted!!!! 😉). Oh, and don’t forget to stay for the (now, obligatory) post-credit scene – think X-Factor 2010!

Yes, really! 😮

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