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Eternals

also known as “Marvel's The Eternals,” “Abadiylar,” “Amžinieji,” “Chủng Tộc Bất Tử,” “Eternals (Eternos),” “Éternels,” “Eternos,” “Les Éternels,” “Los Eternos,” See more »
MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for fantasy violence and action, some language and brief sexuality.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
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Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young-Adults
Genre:
Superhero Sci-Fi Fantasy Action Adventure 3D IMAX
Length:
2 hr. 37 min.
Year of Release:
2021
USA Release:
November 5, 2021 (wide release)
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Relevant Issues

Sci-Fi fantasy

An immortal alien race

Supernatural powers

Aliens who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years (shaping its history and civilizations)

Genetic engineering

What is Babylon / Babel?

What is the Kingdom of Babylon?

Homosexual superhero

GAY—What’s wrong with being Gay? AnswerHomosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born Gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?

What about Gays needs to change? AnswerIt may not be what you think.

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Featuring Angelina JolieThena
Salma HayekAjak
Kit HaringtonDane Whitman
Gemma ChanSersi
Richard MaddenIkaris
Kumail NanjianiKingo
Lia McHughSprite
Brian Tyree HenryPhastos
Haaz Sleiman … an architect and husband of Phastos
Lauren RidloffMakkari
Barry KeoghanDruig
Ma Dong-seokGilgamesh
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Director Chloé Zhao
Producer Marvel Studios
Kevin Feige
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Distributor Walt Disney PicturesWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Presents a revisionist history replacing God with blasphemous false gods and pagan mythology to explain the universe’s creation and human history

In the beginning were the Celestials (yes, I know how that sounds and it isn’t coming from me I assure you). These beings are supposedly responsible for the creation of multiple universes and energies that exist. They are also responsible for the creation of a group of other-worldly beings called Eternals. The Eternals’ prime purpose is to protect the people of Earth from the Eternals’ enemies, the Deviants, who create nothing but chaos and kill all life, including humans, on Earth.

Eternals have been on the Earth for 7000 years, For the last 500 years they had believed they had eradicated the last of the Deviants. Since then, the 10 Eternals: Sersei, Ikrais, Kingo, Sprite, Phastos, Makkari, Druig, Gilgamesh, Ajak and Thena have since parted ways, having fulfilled their purpose. So why do they remain on Earth? Why not simply return to their home, Olympia?

The peace does not last forever. Out of nowhere it seems, in front of Cersei and Sprite, a Deviant begins attacking both of them. It is incredibly stronger than other Deviants and has the ability to heal itself, something other Deviants haven’t been able to do. This is a major problem. Once Ikaris arrives on the scene to help, the three of them decide they need major reinforcements… they need to call the other Eternals back together.

The Eternals are about to find out that not everything is always as it seems and that it will take every last one of them to defeat this new threat, or face extinction themselves.

Do you know where I got the first sentence of my synopsis from? The film itself. It is from the first line of text of the opening to “Eternals.” My mouth dropped when I first saw that pop onto the screen. The rest of the description, as you can see, on the foundation of the universe and Earth and life flew across the screen so fast I couldn’t catch it all, but needless to say my mouth was still open. It was a good thing God was guarding my heart and mind.

One critic, in his review, stated that this film draws upon elements from other religions and spiritual beliefs (Babylonian, Greek, Aztec, etc.) and that explains most of the history of the “Eternals” and the Earth. There is a solid amount of Hinduism, as well as other religions as well. It’s like the film is trying to be “multi-culturally inclusive and sensitive. But it comes at a price…

There are lines you must not cross in a film, and “Eternals” crosses too many of them. Polytheism, sacrilege, and blasphemy are seen and heard in this film. These themes can be found in the dialog of some of the characters, in the symbolism of the weapons the characters use, or in the fact that the film mocks the very concept of Creationism. What does Scripture say about these things? With regards to worshipping or believing in anyone or anything other than God Almighty and his Son, Jesus…

“You shall have no other gods before me.” —Exodus 20:3

“For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” —Isaiah 45:3

And by the way, the book of Genesis tells the true story of how the Earth and the Heavens were formed:

“In the beginning, GOD created the heavens and the earth.” —Genesis 1:1

However, even without its spiritual issues, this film is just plain stale in general. The dialog is relatively flat, and there is far too much of it and too little action for a MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movie. In trying to “redefine the MCU” (as one producer put it), Director Chloe Zhao made some artistic decisions that made the film dialog-heavy and plot-confusing (the flashbacks get annoying after a while).

Lastly, in redefining the MCU, apparently producers found it necessary to introduce a brief, but unnecessary, sex scene for the first time to ever occur in a Marvel film, as well as include a prominent, openly gay (male) Eternal (and yes, we see him with his “husband” and their kid in a couple scenes).

Other Content of Concern

VIOLENCE: Very heavy and intense. Please note, I did not list every instance of violence, just some major moments of concern. There are multiple heavy sequences of action between Deviants and the Eternals. The Deviants are usually stabbed through the head, beaten, sliced into bits or lasered. We see a Deviant’s head blown off and its blood coming out and spilling onto an Eternal. We witness a Deviant destroying and terrorizing the people of an Amazon village. There is a scene where we see an entire city on fire and people panicking and also fighting each other. We even see Eternals fighting each other in one scene, including a moment where two are wounded and another goes into a trance. A character commits suicide.

An Eternal is slammed to the ground by another Eternal and knocked out. A Deviant is crushed by a tree. A Deviant is frozen alive and turned into a tree. People are seen being tossed around in one scene. Deviants stab some characters, drain their energy from them, thereby killing them. We see a mushroom cloud from a nuclear bomb, in a flashback, and the after effects of the attack on Hiroshima during World War II (just a city burned to the ground, I didn’t see corpses). Someone is pushed off a cliff. Another character is stabbed and one is kidnapped. There is also an earthquake scene in a classroom.

PROFANITY: “Geez” (short for Jesus) (1), “G*d” (2), “H*ll” (4)

VULGARITY: an obscene gesture (1), “Sh*t” (5), “A**” (1), “S*ck(s)” (2), “Get a room” (1), “Saliva beer” (1)

SEX: A couple kiss and talk about moving in together. Another couple kisses passionately, and the audience watches them get undressed, followed by a brief scene involving sexual intercourse. As mentioned, one superhero is openly gay and has a gay partner he is married to. We see this couple in a home with their young son they adopted, and the couple passionately kiss. The sexually suggestive song “Feels Like the First Time” plays during the end credits.

NUDITY: In the moment of intercourse I mentioned, we briefly see a female character’s bare shoulders and upper chest, and the male character’s backside. Some of the female Eternals wear tight fitting outfits.

ALCOHOL: There are a couple scenes involving alcohol, including one during a post-credits scene (by the way, there are two of them).

OCCULT: The Eternals are considered divine beings that have powers and abilities that allow them to do the most incredible and mystical things, include making copies of themselves, conjuring up images, and the ability to wipe the memories of humans. One Eternal controls human minds. A Hindu prayer is seen being chanted in one scene.

Other: In one scene we see a character walking by a statue and picture of Charles Darwin.

Closing Thoughts

Earlier this morning I was watching a special on TV about Disney and Disney World, seeing that it’s Disney World’s 50th anniversary. I kept thinking about Mr. Walt Disney and wondering if he would be proud of what is being produced in his name? Would he say, “Yea this is what I want my company, the Disney Company, to represent.”

I doubt that he would, especially with a film like “Eternals.” Look, I’m an avid Marvel fan myself (having seen 25 of the 26 films) and I’ll gladly recommend a Marvel film when it offers something good, something just, something worthy of praise. “Eternals” doesn’t offer much to praise, apart from some good cinematography, costume-designs, special effects and the musical score.

Overall, I strongly advise Christians to avoid “Eternals.”

  • Violence: Very Heavy
  • Sex: Moderately Heavy
  • Occult: Moderately Heavy
  • Profane language: Moderate
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Moderate
  • Nudity: Mild
  • Drugs/Alcohol: Mild

Editor’s Note

Followers of Christ should be alert to this film’s promotion of a variation of the ANCIENT ALIENS theory (human encounters with supposed ancient superior beings), because this is an issue that has truly deceived many people, partly because it is often presented as scientific and archaeological (both false claims). At its base, it is a lie being used by godless people to explain away Divine Creation and God Himself. Jesus Christ and His Gospel become irrelevant.

This tactic started with atheist author H.P. Lovecraft. Years later, this pseudo-scientific idea was famously promoted by Erich von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods) and others. This idea has particularly been used by some whose worldviews are New Age or Evolutionism/Atheism (or both).

The claim is that extraterrestrials with advanced abilities came to Earth in ancient times and were mistaken for gods—and that out of these encounters with supposed naive and unsophisticated people who misunderstood what they witnessed, humans began to worship these beings—and the world’s religions and Christianity are the end result.

The so-called evidence for this fantasy is filled with foolish errors and serious outright lies and deceptions.

Nonetheless, numerous sci-fi books, movies and TV shows have eagerly used and promoted what is essentially a dangerous Atheist-inspired worldview.

What difference does it make? When accepted, this pseudo-science leads people directly away from Biblical truth about Earth’s Creation, mankind’s place in God’s plan, Earth’s history of wicked rebellion against the Creator, and the record of His judgments. Inherent in this worldview is rejection of belief in God and the Bible. People are less likely to perceive their spiritually bankrupt state before God and are more unlikely to want—or listen to—the Gospel.

If nothing else, the mere CONSTANT REPETITION of this view of history in numerous movies and other entertainment media is causing it to become embedded in the minds of billions of people, making it seem to them less ludicrous than it really is. Discerning Christians know that God and the human race have a hate-filled Enemy who is the father of lies who seeks to deceive the whole world.

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Neutral
Neutral—I do not expect secular movies to be Biblically accurate. If you ignore the pagan themes and take the movie for what it is, you still come out with a troubling message, however. What I say next might be a minor spoiler. “Eternals” communicates that the created rebelling against the Creator is a good thing. God is cruel, doesn&rsquot;t know what He is doing. Humans (and even humanoids in this case) know better than God and can foil His plan. Granted, Asherim—spoiler ahead—turns out to be a flawed being but again that is typically how the secular portray the God of the universe. Plus, from a moviemaking standpoint, “Eternals” fails to deliver on compelling dialogue and character development. Marvel is losing its edge, I’m afraid.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Lane, age 23 (USA)
Neutral—This felt like sitting through high school literature class again! I can’t lie… I caught myself almost nodding off 3 times. There was too much sexuality, too many references to mythology and twisted Bible texts (a comment about needing to gather 2 of each animal for the trip, and a comment about the “truth” setting you free, for example), and there was just too much “movie.”

This movie was way too long! The story could have been told in 2/3 the time it took to tell it. It was good for your run-of-the-mill cinema flick, but it was certainly not the Marvel quality we’ve all grown to love. They set it up for a sequel, so my guess is that this movie was meant to introduce characters who’ll be back later.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
Chrystal, age 44 (USA)
Negative
Negative—The “Eternals” boasts the most for a superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but that doesn’t necessarily mean a good thing.

Marvel Studios’ 26th movie boasts an ensemble of 10 superheroes with distinct powers who are part of race of immortal alien beings who have lived on Earth in secret, and shaped its history and civilizations for thousands of years.

The star-studded, multi-ethnic cast includes Gemma Chan (Sersi), Richard Madden (Ikaris), Salma Hayek (Ajak) and Angelina Jolie (Thena) plus it was helmed by Oscar-winning writer-director Chloé Zhao.

The film also boasts Marvel’s most diverse cast of superheroes yet, including its first deaf character (Makkari played by Lauren Ridloff), a first South Asian character (Kingo played by Kumail Nanjiani) and the first openly gay character (Phastos played by Bryan Tyree Henry).

Additionally, the PG-13-rated movie boasts the most mature and character-driven, controversial and politically-correct content of any MCU entry, making it not very family friendly.

Discerning parents will want to think twice before letting their young children watch The Eternals because of some questionable content. For starters, it features Marvel Studios’ first explicit sex scene. Although nothing graphic is shown, two of the main characters, who appear to be nude, are show passionately kissing in a beach.

The film also shows two male characters, who are raising a young son, kiss. As a result, Marvel Studios” The Eternals IMDB review page was “review bombed” by fans protesting the film’s inclusion of an openly gay superhero.

Review bombing is the practice of a subgroup of people writing a huge number of negative reviews about a movie before it has been released. It’s too early to see if the negative reviews will impact the movie’s box office performance, but The Eternals is currently the lowest-rated Marvel film on Rotten Tomatoes at 50 percent, making it the first “rotten” entry in the MCU.

Additionally, The Eternals Pro promotes Evolutionism and confusing spiritual themes about godlike beings.

On the plus side, the movie promotes themes of sacrifice, unconditional love, working together to overcome hardship and doing the right thing.

An origin story, The Eternals references the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019). Ajak, the leader of the aliens, explains why they ultimately didn’t intervene with Thanos and the Snap that wiped out half of the planet’s population.

After arriving on Earth 7, 000 years ago and spending several centuries apart, the immortal godlike beings are forced to reunite in order to again face off against an evil race of monstrous demon-like creatures known as the Deviants—called mankind’s most ancient enemy. The heroes are ready to get involved to save the Earth after they discover that they just have a week to stop the fallout from a world-destroying event known as the Emergence.

With a run time of two hours and 37 minutes, The Eternals is the third longest MCU film after Endgame and Infinity War. That isn’t necessarily bad, but there is so much exposition that it’s easy to get confused, and the movie feels too slow and too long. In fact when the final showdown begins, I was already losing interest and concentration.

Using the comic introduced in 1976 by Jack Kirby only as a baseline, the script by Zhao, Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo tells a story that comes across as messy, with the time jumps through multiple time periods repeatedly going back and forward making it confusing to tie loose ends. The story also lack character balance as some of the heroes lack development.

In addition, the one-liner jokes, a mainstay in Marvel films, are a little out of place and seem contrived. However, the best comic relief comes from Nanjiani as Kingo, who can mold firebombs to throw during battle with his bare hands, but has spent the years transforming into a one-man Bollywood icon.

Besides his wisecracks, Nanjiani is a hoot as he works his eyebrows like the corniiest of matinee idols. Also, stealing scenes is his human valet and videographer, Karun (Harish Patel).

The cinematography of different locales around the world, including Australia, Iraq and Alaska is spectacular.

Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and action, some language and brief sexuality, The Eternals features action violence that is constant and frequently devastating, both in scenes of genocide, natural disasters, destruction and a character who commits suicide.

There are stabbings and decapitations, and one of the Deviants eats a father in front of his son, which could scare young viewers. In another scene, gore splatter is seen all over a man’s face in close-up after a creature is killed.

Creature body parts are also cut off by several weapons. Some sequences depict monsters using long tentacles to cling onto certain characters, piercing them in the back and the neck, draining them of their powers. Other scenes of threat include earthquakes and erupting volcanoes.

As far as language, there are several uses of “s**t” as well as “a**,” “hell,” and a character flips the middle finger. Several characters also drink socially.

One character paraphrases John 8:32, saying “they will know the truth, and the truth will set them free.”

The bottom line is The Eternals is not as enjoyable as recent Marvel films.

As Marvel continues to add greater diversity to its cinematic universe, it may only be a matter of times before it pushes the envelope too far in alienating fans who enjoy family-friendly content in superhero movies.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
Eric Tiansay, age (USA)
Negative—First openly Gay kiss! About half way through the movie one of the “heroes” kisses in full screen a guy he is living with. They have a boy they are raising, and this is learly an attempt to normalize homosexuality. I could not enjoy the film after this nor root for them.

Also, two of “heroes” were traitors who worked hard to ensure the world is destroyed. There was also very callous attitude towards people in general, and they let wars happen because that’s what helps “increase the population.” More worldly lies from the devil about how destruction brings life.

Aside from all that, the story was soo slow and boring. At 2 and half hours, I found myself looking around and checking my watch often. There was a shot of just clouds for what seemed like forever and was wondering what kind of directing is this.

I would only recommend it if you are a fan of Gemma Chan like I am. In the show “Humans” she had almost the same role and character of being someone who would go out of her way to help people and never fight unless absolutely necessary.

Wait till video and use a filter service to watch like VidAngel.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
Brett Binder, age 44 (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…Seriously, what a snooze. …one of the MCU's worst movies in ages… All the characters are similarly bland. … [1/4]
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…With “Eternals,” Marvel proves itself to be nothing more than a staid, lumbering black hole. …for all its bluster and its vastness of time, Eternals feels strangely vacuum-sealed. …littered with MCU plot holes that get carelessly papered over…
Anjelica Jade Bastien, Vulture
…an oddly flat adventure that should feel epic… there’s something uniformly placid about the performances… some wretched CG that is possibly the worst in the MCU’s history… [1½/5]
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle
…With ‘Eternals,’ Marvel is scraping the bottom of the barrel… Chloé Zhao…co-wrote and directed the film, and in scene after scene you can see her trying to give soul to these soulless characters, to invest paper-thin superhero bots with something that might pass for depth. It doesn’t work, and it doesn’t fool anybody. …
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
…It’s not exactly boring—there’s always something new to behold—but nor it is particularly exciting, and it lacks the breezy wit of Marvel’s best movies. …“Eternals” is a gigantic exercise in un-realism. … [2/4]
Steve Rose, The Guardian
…an instant white elephant… Marvel attempts to push boundaries, but the result is insipid… it’s all so drearily written, you find yourself wishing they’d just get back to the fights… [2/5]
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph [UK]
…“Eternals” is an attempt to do straight-faced sci-fi. Sadly, the result is over-stuffed and underpowered. …bold intentions but dreary execution… [2/5]
Olly Richards, Time Out
…bogged down by drab images and hokey dialogue… From visuals to music choice, there’s a lack of style here that is only further emphasized by the film’s refusal to focus. …As grays and browns loom overhead, you wait out the hours, hoping for a stream of light to break through.
Cassie da Costa, Vanity Fair
…the sluggishness and drabness is unforgivable… [2/5]
Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
…“Eternals” is shockingly, depressingly lifeless… Regrettably, Zhao is a baffling choice: a filmmaker who is ill-equipped and out of her element, with her discomfort visible across nearly every frame of the film. …
Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)