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Starring: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Kit Harington, Don Lee, Gil Birmingham, Harish Patel
OUR RATING: ★★½
Superhero action adventure directed and co-written by Chloé Zhao. After an unexpected tragedy following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Eternals (2021) centers on an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years reunite to protect humanity against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
Our Favorite Quotes:'I think we must learn from our mistakes and do better. You must not give up hope.' - Karun (Eternals) Click To Tweet 'When you love something, you protect it. It is the most natural thing in the world.' - Thena (Eternals) Click To Tweet
Sersi: [seeing Earth for the first time] It’s beautiful. Isn’t it?
Dane Whitman: Are you a wizard?
Dane Whitman: Yeah, like Doctor Strange.
Sersi: No. I’m…
Dane Whitman: I’ve noticed some unusual things happen when I’m around you. You know, like our water always turns to coffee whenever the waiter ignores us.
Sersi: That’s your caffeine addiction talking.
Dane Whitman: And Sprite says things, like you and your ex-boyfriend broke up a century ago.
Sersi: She said that?
Dane Whitman: And he can fly.
Sersi: He’s a pilot.
Sprite: [referring to Dane] Are you really in love?
Sersi: What if I am?
Sprite: You better tell him the truth then.
Sersi: I’m working on it.
Dane Whitman: What is that thing?
Sprite: A Deviant!
Dane Whitman: You said you killed them all!
Sersi: You told him that?
Sprite: You believed me?
Dane Whitman: I do now!
Dane Whitman: I’m Dane.
Ikaris: Hello, Dane.
Dane Whitman: Well, I guess you must be the pilot.
Sersi: We’re Eternals, from a planet called Olympia. We came here seven thousand years ago on the Domo, our starship, to protect humans from the Deviants. We thought we killed them all five centuries ago, but now they’re back.
Dane Whitman: Look, if you don’t want to move in with me, you could just say.
Sersi: Dane, this is serious.
Dane Whitman: Oh, I know. I’m just still getting over the fact you’re not a wizard. I was hoping you could change me into a giraffe. I always wanted to be a giraffe when I was a kid.
Sersi: It’s too bad I can’t change sentient beings. You would have made a very cute giraffe.
Dane Whitman: Why didn’t you guys help fight Thanos? Or any war? Or all the other terrible things throughout history?
Sersi: We were instructed not to interfere in any human conflicts, unless Deviants were involved.
Dane Whitman: Why?
Sersi: If we’d protected humanity from everything for seven thousand years, you’d never have had the chance to develop in the way you were meant to.
Dane Whitman: But if the Deviants were eradicated a long time ago, why are you still here?
Sersi: We’ve been waiting, to be told we can go home.
Dane Whitman: So, Ikaris. The boy who flew too close to the sun.
Sersi: Sprite made that story up when we lived in Athens.
Dane Whitman: In the fifth century BC? How long were you two together?
Sersi: Five thousand years.
Dane Whitman: I guess you can call that long-term.
Dane Whitman: [referring to Ikaris] What happened?
Sersi: He left. I always thought he’d come back, but he never did. So, I moved on.
Dane Whitman: I’m glad you did.
Ikaris: We need to find the others.
Sersi: I haven’t seen some of them for centuries.
Ikaris: I doubt much has changed.
Ikaris: I’m sorry I hurt you, Sersi. But we need to stick together. And once I know you’re safe, I’ll leave you alone.
Sersi: Let’s go to Ajak first. She’ll know what to do.
Ikaris: You hear that, Sprite? Family reunion.
Sersi: It’s about time.
Phastos: [in 5000 BC] It’s an engine. It moves steam from high pressure to low pressure. It’ll help them till their fields at an incredibly fast rate.
Sprite: It’s going to freak them out.
Druig: I mean, they only have had the wheel a thousand years, so.
Phastos: You know, we could do that thing, you know, where you use your mind to control them, and then they could do it quicker.
Sersi: What did I miss?
Phastos: Nothing. Just the screams of my deep disappointment.
Ajak: Listen, humanity may be coming along slower than some of us want. But there is no telling what wonders they will discover as they advance.
Makkari: [signing] When humans have conflict, Ajak tells us not to interfere.
Druig: Well, she also says that stealing is very, very bad.
Makkari: [signing] If you don’t tell, I won’t tell.
Ikaris: You are very beautiful, Sersi. I’m yours, Sersi, if you’ll have me.
Sprite: [present day, after they find Ajak has been killed] Ajak asked me to check on Sersi, so I went to London. Turned out, both of us were lonely, and we needed each other. I guess, in her way, Ajak never stopped trying to take care of us.
Ajak: [1521 Tenochtitlan, referring to the battle] Don’t. We don’t interfere in their wars.
Druig: This isn’t war. It’s genocide. Their weapons have become too deadly. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea helping them advance, Phastos.
Phastos: Technology is a part of their evolutionary process, Druig. It’s not exactly something that I can stop.
Druig: No, you can’t. But I can.
Thena: [referring to the battle] It’s too late.
Thena: Everyone is going to die.
Ajak: [as Thena She attacks the group and nearly kills them] Don’t listen to your head, Thena. Listen to my voice. You are safe. You are loved. You’re our Thena.
Thena: What happened?
Ajak: Thena. You attacked everyone. You wounded Sersi, Phastos. You nearly killed Makkari. Thena: I don’t remember.
Ajak: You have Mahd Wy’ry. Your mind is fracturing under the weight of your memories. And all I can do is erase them so that you can start over.
Thena: Please. Please, I want to remember. I want to remember my life.
Ajak: Thena, I love you. But listen to me. It’s not important if you remember or not. Your spirit will remain. You will always be Thena deep inside. Trust me.
Druig: Why should she trust you? You’re asking her to let you erase who she is.
Druig: We’ve trusted you for seven thousand years, and look where you’ve gotten us. I’ve watched humans destroy each other, when I could stop it all in a heartbeat. Do you know what that does to someone after centuries? Could our mission have been a mistake? Are we really helping these people build a better world, huh? We’re just like the soldiers down there. Pawns to their leaders. Blinded by loyalty.
Gilgamesh: I’ll watch over Thena. Let her keep her memories.
Ajak: One day, when she attacks you, you might have to kill her.
Gilgamesh: We’ll take that chance.
Ajak: You may all go. The Deviants are gone. There is no reason for you to stay with me.
Ikaris: Shouldn’t you ask Arishem first? We’re a team, we should stay together.
Ajak: I didn’t ask you for your advice, Ikaris. Do not forget your place. This is where we say goodbye. You are free to go. I want you to go out there and live a life for yourselves. Not as soldiers. Not with the purpose you were given. Find your own purpose. And one day,
when we see each other again, I want you to tell me what you found.
Kingo: [present day] My friends from college are here. Boss! Perfect timing! Welcome to the set of…
Kingo: [in Hindu] Legend of Ikaris.
Kingo: I’m playing you! You like the costume?
Ikaris: We need to talk.
Kingo: Tell the director I have some notes for him.
Sprite: We need to talk to you in private.
Kingo: Oh, Karun, he’s worked with me for fifty years. I trust him completely. Actually, when we first met, he thought I was a vampire. And he tried to stake me through the heart.
Karun: I have apologized so many times.
Kingo: Not quite enough times. Very close though. I’ll let you know.
Kingo: You guys are going to love the next scene. I come in on a wire, because, you know, I can’t fly. Wait. Are we getting back together?
Sersi: We need to talk.
Kingo: I’ve been waiting for the day the world learns the true identity of the Shadow Warrior.
Sprite: Ajak’s dead.
Ikaris: She was killed. It was a Deviant. The Deviants are back. We don’t know how many there are. You need to come with us.
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