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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Visually strong but talky MCU tale has violence, sex scene.

Movie PG-13 2021 157 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 38 parent reviews

age 15+

Worst Marvel Movie Ever

I was really let down with this one. The recent Spider-Man and Shang-chi were great. This one is, total waste of time. Hopefully, they do not use this director again.
age 18+

Zhao Gives Your kids the sex talk

So the whole reason that Chloe Zhao put the sex scene in was because she wants to show kids that sex is part of love and there's nothing wrong with that. She crossed a major line. What is really wrong is that this woman and Disney think they're the ones in charge of giving our kids the sex talk. That's our responsibility as parents and it will happen when we say so. Who does Zhao think she is to want to show what love and sex is to my kids? Would anyone think it appropriate if Zhao just came up to your kids a started talking to them about sex? But she thought it's okay to implement this "teaching" into a movie - maximize the influence. Disney has crossed a line. It's fine if Marvel wants to make more adult movies (I'm a fan of Deadpool), but rate them correctly and keep them off my kids entertainment.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (38 ):
Kids say (85 ):

Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao is a gifted director, but this crowded, overly expository Marvel entry doesn't quite come together, despite impressive visuals and an excellent, diverse cast. The MCU has never shied away from big ensembles, particularly in the Avengers movies or Guardians of the Galaxy, but it's difficult to feel invested in all 10 of the Eternals' character arcs when the screenplay centers on empathetic Sersi, who was once married to Ikaris but was at some point abandoned and, centuries later, is now with a new beau, human teacher Dane (Kit Harington). She and the inexpicably younger-than-everyone else Sprite (who's forever an adolescent, while the rest of the Eternals are adults) are sisterly, and the movie positions them -- and the Superman-meets-Captain America-like Ikaris -- as the "main" Eternals. The movie's plot is fairly straightforward, so the real tension is in the relationship dynamics, since each Eternal has a different level of faith in their original mission. The most fun in this overwhelmingly serious film is when the movie reintroduces Kingo, who has played four generations of Bollywood superstars in India. Nanjani brings welcome comic relief to a surprisingly somber story. Harington's Dane is also entertaining, especially after he discovers the truth about his girlfriend's past (accepting it with a calm that makes sense, considering this is a universe that survived Thanos' Snap).

It's difficult to discuss the cast without mentioning something obvious for anyone who watched or is familiar with HBO's hit series Game of Thrones: In Eternals, the one-time Stark brothers (Madden and Harington) reunite on screen and are both in love with the same woman, who is named Sersi (yes, it sounds exactly like Cersei). Watching the men who played the King in the North and Jon Snow say "I love you, Sersi" is just trippy enough to take viewers out of the moment. A casting director (or Zhao herself) was either clever or misguided with that coincidence. Audiences might also wind up with unanswered questions about the nature of some of the other characters' relationships. The only Eternal who has a fulfilling traditional life in the present is Phastos, Marvel's first openly gay hero, whose husband and son are another highlight of the occasionally rambling drama. There are definitely rousing action and set-piece battle sequences, but this is a film primarily about relationships that doesn't quite hit the mark, despite all of the attractive, talented actors making heartfelt speeches to one another.

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