Eternals urges its audience to reflect, take a step back from the growing convolution that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and, despite devastation and loss, appreciate life on Earth as miraculous. In its essence, the film’s premise challenges Loki’s nihilism, and defies an acceptance of our destined demise—in short, humanity is worth saving even if it means betraying fate itself.
Director Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) was the obvious choice for a deep study of the human character. Her distinctive, contemplative style, which marries her characters to a natural aesthetic, shines with cinematographer Ben Davis (Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy) at the helm. Zhao’s vision walks us through a glorious Babylon, saturated with the deep cerulean hues of the Ishtar Gate, and a brittle present-day Australian desert, beaten down by dry wind and decorated with the disturbing art of mentally volatile Eternal Thena (Angelina Jolie). IMDB