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The Eternals: the Anglo-Saxon press dubious in front of the last Marvel

2021-10-26T16:44:07.564Z

In this film by Chloé Zhao, the earth becomes the battlefield of cosmic entities. The succession of the Avengers is far from assured.



The Eternals

, the new film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, releases November 3 in France and November 5 in the United States.

Directed by Chloé Zhao, it stars Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie and Brian Tyree Henry, in the first installment of a new franchise, based on the comic book series of the same name.

The feature film, presented to English and American critics, struggles to convince.

Will these supercharged Avengers manage to take up the torch abandoned by Captain America and Iron Man?

A

"refreshing"

and

"unique" film

A refreshing and romantic reminder of the power and purpose of film events.

From the title,

The Observer

is rave about the

Eternals

.

The newspaper is enthusiastic about this film

"which builds myths around characters whose inordinate powers match their emotions and whose epic adventures through immortality have left them with a shattered understanding of nature and nature. value of humanity

.

In doing so, he helps us understand and find meaning in our own fractured world,”

says the weekly.

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The Eternals

because of a gay character

Phastos is homosexual;

Makkari is played by deaf actress Lauren Ridloff ...

The

Eternals

is the first Marvel feature film to include new typologies of characters rarely seen on screen.

A winning bet according to

The Observer,

who appreciates

“the way in which the identities of the culturally representative team play a powerful and essential role in the theme and the story;

it's not just a series of checkboxes.

"

Heartwarming for those who really love the Marvel formula and disheartening for those who are hoping to finally have a truly different MCU movie

ScreenRant

ScreenRant hails a film

"unique"

to the universe of Marvel superheroes,

"an epic and thrilling superhero adventure of its own, with an enthralling emotional heart, beautifully showcased by Zhao's directing." "

The site specializing in the 7th art still weighs its judgment, specifying that

"despite all the

Eternals'

attempts

to stand out from other MCU films - and it largely succeeds - it is still a Marvel film. .

It can be heartwarming for those who really love the Marvel formula, and disheartening for those who are hoping to finally have a truly different MCU movie. "

The choice of Chloé Zhao questions

Chloé Zhao was previously known for her work as a successful independent director, including

The Rider

and especially

Nomadland,

which won her the Oscar for best film and best director at the start of the year.

The filmmaker thus connects two films with diametrically opposed budgets and ambitions.

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"

The film seems very standard

" for

Variety

,

which denounces a certain compromise on the part of the director.

“His previous films are raw and real enough to resemble staged documentaries, but they are edited together, frame by frame, with startling pointillist precision.

The Eternals

have none of that,

”regrets the magazine. “

It is clear that in committing to this project, Zhao has decided to put aside his very expressive and idiosyncratic style and to bow to the expository conventionalism of Marvel cinema. It's a disappointment, ”

adds the American magazine.

You walk out depressingly realizing that you've just seen one of the most interesting movies Marvel has ever made and hopefully the least interesting Chloe Zhao will ever make.

Los Angeles Times

Going on and on about the technical aspect of the production, The Hollywood Reporter believes that Chloe Zhao

"to some extent hijacks the ubiquitous fantasy genre to fit its usual vein, namely a humanistic intimacy measured on a vast canvas of the world. natural."

"You come out

[of the shoot]

depressingly realizing that you've just seen one of the most interesting movies Marvel has ever made and hopefully the least interesting Chloe Zhao will ever do,"

the

Los Angeles

writes.

Times

.

Very divided on the merits of the film, the newspaper describes it as

"a breath of fresh cosmic air that ends up becoming stale."

Just "watchable"

With the exception of

The Observer,

the English press did not like this new Marvel. The BBC considers the feature film "

watchable

", but also "

the most disappointing in the Marvel universe

". "

The Eternals get a high score in terms of sexual, ethnic and gender diversity, but a low score in terms of memorization

" laments British radio and television, echoing the film's deliberately inclusive approach.

As for the

Telegraph

, we judge the film

"tasteless".

“Maybe we were hoping that the 26th Marvel movie would take the franchise out of its comfort zone.

But the franchise is nothing more than a comfort zone, which makes its last entry an instant white elephant, ”

laments the daily.

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land with a luxury cast and a mysterious scenario

The

Guardian

only concedes two out of five stars.

The newspaper praises

"great shots and personal drama in her superhero debut, but there's too much mythology to explain."

Like the majority of his colleagues from across the Channel, the journalist was generally bored.

It's like arriving in

Avengers: Endgame

without seeing any of the previous episodes.

Most mortals will simply find that it is too much.

Bigger isn't always better.

"

Source: lefigaro

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