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Eternals Review: This Marvel Film Is A Cluttered Universe

Eternals Review

The first line uttered is, “It’s time.”

Living up to its title, when an eternal assault of special effects that goes on for 2hrs 35 mins finally ends, the line you want to utter is, “It’s time.”  

It’s a big leap to find director Chloe Zhao, who got the Oscar for her sparse Nomadland, landing amidst the clutter of characters and noisy wars of the MCU.   

The marathon may be summed up in one worrisomely tiresome line: the earth’s gonna end with destructive Deviants on the loose and a bunch of celestials called the Eternals are gonna save it. There’s the old Skeeter Davis number, ‘It’s the end of the world’ playing in the background in case you haven’t got the point yet. 

The lengthy running time is largely due to Marvel’s laboured display of diversity in its line-up of the Eternals who’ve merged in with the humans but must now emerge to save the world they’ve got mushy about. 

With Ajak (Salma Hayek) leading the pack for a while and Ikaris…

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