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I really like Eternals. It's an action filled blockbuster that teaches you about cultures from so many different centuries. Most importantly, it brings you into a whole new world of marvel.

This film centers on the life of the eight eternals that are the first of their kind and have immortal life. Each character has their own unique characteristics, and powers. Throughout the movie they work together to help create a better planet, and learn many things along the way.

Something that really stands out to me is the amount of surprises that are thrown along the way. This movie is extremely unpredictable, which creates a suspense that really grabs the viewer's attention. There are so many turns of events that I never expected! Another thing that I really enjoy is how many different locations are involved in the film. For instance, they talk about Mesopotamia and ancient times. We see so much about their cultures and how people back then lived their lives. The camera highlights how people used natural resources to survive. We also learn about their religion and life skills. This is especially interesting to me because I am currently learning about these places in my history class. Finally, I love how unique and diverse each character's costumes are. For example, Thena (Angelina Jolie) has a very classically elegant wardrobe, whereas Sersi (Gemma Chan) wears more armor and structured outfits. I love fashion, and enjoy when movies put a lot of attention into it and that is definitely the case here.

The message of this film is to never lose sight of who you are, no matter what unexpected surprises life throws at you. This film does include a slightly sexual scene, as well as violence with fire and open wounds.

I give Eternals 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18, plus adults. You can watch Eternals in theaters starting November 5, 2021.

By Mikella G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Eternals is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a perfect film for all audiences! Its comedic timing is wonderful and the story is filled with lovable characters you can't get enough of. While the movie has wonderful aspects, it definitely has notable flaws as well.

Eternals follows ten mythical beings, Eternals, who were sent to protect Earth from deviants: dark, evolving and deadly creatures. They have protected the humans for 7,000 years, and once they think they've killed all the deviants, the monsters are back and the Eternals have to assemble the team again. The film takes place in the present day, but shows flashbacks to several time periods throughout thousands of years. Demonstrating diversity, the film includes characters of all ethnicities, representing so many groups of people. The actors, too, are of varying races, and the movie includes LGBTQ representation. The characters are well written and equally well-rounded. Each of them has their own individual problems, goals and ideas. During these flashbacks, action and fighting, ten new characters were introduced with equal significance to the plot, and the movie leaves audiences wanting more of each one. Two post-credits scenes also tease exciting new characters with a cameo, which hypes up the fans.

Separating the Eternals from all the other Marvel Studios' characters, this new team has beautiful gold-embellished powers, which are shown in swirls and circles of gold. For example, Thena (Angelina Jolie) has incredible CGI weapons, so carefully detailed. Watching Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) run extremely fast on - but separated from the background - makes her appear to be in 3D.

This film is brilliant; however it loses itself in its need to be even more grand than necessary. Introducing ten new characters, villains, and a higher power is a lot to do in one film and the result can be confusing. The movie shows Celestials, beings that can destroy and create life and universes. The introduction of these beings conflicts with ideas existing in previous Marvel movies, leaving audiences confused as to who has more power, and who created what, exactly. The deviants rebel against their creator and the Eternals, but the goal gets confusing. The ending of the movie is also left wide open. It's understandable that a franchise film needs to lead into the movies to come, but there are too many loose ends, nothing resolved.

The lesson to be learned is that if you love something you fight for it. This quote is repeated by several characters. The Eternals have loved the human race for 7,000 years, and they continue to protect us against their biggest battle yet.

I give Eternals 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 to 18 plus adults. Eternals opens exclusively in theaters November 5, 2021.

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

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Marvel Studios' Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
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