Eternals | This Movie is Too Discreet.

The 26th film in Marvel Cinematic Universe is based on the comics by Jack Kirby. Directed by Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and co-written by Zhao, Patrick Burleigh (Antman & The Wasp), and Ryan & Kaz Firpo. The movie has an incredible cast that includes Richard Madden (Cinderella), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), Salma Hayek (Frida), Angelina Jolie (TWWMD, Unbroken, Maleficent), Kit Harrington (GoT, Seventh Son), Brian Tyree Henry (The Woman in the Window), Barry Keoghan (The Green Knight), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, M.I.B: International), Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead), Ma Dong-Seok (Train to Busan), Lia McHugh (Songbird).

Premise: Eternals is the saga of a race of immortal beings who have secretly lived on Earth – for over 7,000 years – and shaped its history and civilizations. After the return of half the population in Avengers: Endgame (2019) ignites “the emergence”, the Eternals reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Review: I was waiting to see the movie a second time before writing this review, because yes I feel like I could watch this film at least a second time – before just skipping to the good bits, but a day later seems to work as well.

There’s no denying that Eternals is a beautiful movie, a lot of the shots are stunning. The cinematography, locations, costume and set designs work extremely well in creating beautiful images worthy of the best nature and travel documentaries out there. The potential for screensavers is huge throughout.

The same can be said for the action sequences that are amazing but for some reason most of them lack the bit of the excitement and worry that such scenes tend to evoke in viewers. The reason might be two fold, one most of the action is self contained, happening in some remote places, a convenient time of the day, or in the past, so the amount of people potentially in danger is highly reduced and the ones that are fighting for their lives, are often the eternals themselves, who given their name and the nature of what they are doesn’t seem like they really are in danger despite what’s happening to them. No matter how big the action set piece is, the stakes seems low because the people in harm’s way are either the Eternals, a small group, or people from a distant past.

The story is slow and the flow is little weird, which doesn’t help. The slower moments doesn’t hinder the movie but again the high stakes in the movie are not really felt. The movie also has emotionally charged moments that work well enough on their own but don’t quite mesh with the whole.

The cast and their characters are good, and they did a great job with what they’re given. The visual effects on their powers is a big plus and doesn’t take away from their performances. Makkari is my favorite and I we had more of her in the movie, she’s captivating and her character’s powers look great. The same can be said for Ikaris’ flying, or any of the other Eternals’ powers.

The Eternals is as I suspected with the trailers more intellectual than action packed, which is fine but it’s also a bit too chill, low energy.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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Eternals | Final Trailer

Eternals is the saga of a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

  • Writers: Chloé Zhao, Patrick Burleigh, Ryan & Kaz Firpo, Jack Kirby
  • Director: Chloé Zhao
  • Stars: Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Ma Dong-Seok, Lia McHugh.

There’s not doubt that it’s a beautiful looking movie, the cinematography seems amazing. The trailer shows a bit more of the action, a good look at the Eternals’ powers, and the villains. But I’m not as excited to see this movie as I would have thought. The Eternals seems more intellectual than action packed, which is fine but it doesn’t make for a thrilling ad campaign.

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Cinderella | Review

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the live action retelling of the classical folk tale stars Lily James (Downtown Abbey, Wrath of the Titans) as Cinderella, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit) as the evil stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club) as the Fairy Godmother. The film was directed by kenneth Branagh (Thor).

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The premise of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

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Review: At first, I was not necessarily convinced that a Cinderella live action film would be interesting but Kenneth Branagh at the director’s chair & Cate Blanchett as the stepmother made me rethink my position. The project became less of a silly little film with these two on board.

Cinderella was a beautiful film, very tasteful, colorful, touching and classy. It’s a very different Cinderella but it had the spirit of the animated film. The stepmother, Cinderella herself, and the prince were different, they had more substance, they multidimensional and that’s mostly true for the stepmother and the prince. They are not filling up space, they were more than just window dressing the Cinderella show. The stepmother made more sense, you could actually understand how she came to be that b*tch in Ella’s life. The prince is no longer a pretty boy whose name no one bothers to mention, he’s a character with hopes and dreams, and sliver of personality to make him interesting. They even played off the fact that a girl confined to the attic, who likes

talking to animals is a bit weird – cute weird but weird still -, which made the movie feel real while managing to keep the magic and the wonder intact.

The ensemble cast really elevated the film, they embodied the characters we came to know and love but portrayed them in quite a unique way. So like millions, I guess you’ve watched the film what did you think?

Cinderella | Trailer 1

Cinderella is a live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James, Cate Blanchett & Richard Madden. 

This looks exiting, although I feel like the trailer summarized the whole film. Does this mean that there’s more?