4.What The Film Is Trying to Say Makes the Storyline Feel Pushed into A Short Time Frame
Marvel films have always had a definite message through the struggles and triumphs of the characters in each movie. An issue people raise with Eternals is that there is too much wisdom and advice passed on to viewers inside of one movie (via Screen Rant). Indeed, the film runs just over two hours. So, viewers have to deal with too many lessons and objectives, which has led many viewers to voice their dissatisfaction. This film has really tried too hard to cover too many life experiences and the so-called lessons that should be learned from them in one small film viewing experience. Sure, much of the content in the film is very worthwhile. Even better, viewers can draw much knowledge from it. However, it turns into information overload when they cram all of these “life lessons” into a two-hour movie viewing session (via CNBC).
3. Too Many Artistic Styles Are Clashing in The Film
Another major criticism is that there are just too many artistic styles going on in the film. The movie seems to cover too many moods and styles throughout the two and half hours. A constant, almost melancholy mood is consistent while trying to portray a sense of urgency regarding the importance of the main plotline. It requires the superheroes to band together and carry out a vital, Earth-saving mission. These two styles are competing with the ongoing and characteristic theme of violence as the superheroes attempt to complete their task (via Inverse).
Add to that the attempt of the film to place some lighter and more humorous scenes, and the movie easily becomes more confusing and convoluted in many ways. They attempt the classic, artsy Marvel Cosmic Universe style throughout the film. However, on the whole, many critics and viewers felt like the movie was overly grandiose (via CNBC). It took the entire film to ultimately not say anything at all.
2. The Director Did Not Do Enough to Stay Within the Marvel Comic Universe Money-Making Theme
The views and opinions on this film swayed pretty far in both directions as far as whether or not the film stayed true to the Marvel Comic Universe movie theme (via Inverse). Is it doing the film production company justice as the next film in the ongoing saga of superhero movies? Indeed, another point earlier in this list goes directly against this one. However, that shows how much wide-ranging criticism this movie has received.
Many viewers felt like the movie was too much in line with the traditional Marvel movie theme (via Inverse). However, other viewers felt like the movie strayed too far from that theme. For example, introducing so many new characters in one film is straying from the conventional movie formula. Then, they each have wide-ranging characteristics, too. Besides, there are too many plot lines for the viewer. It leaves them wondering about many confusing parts of the flick. One thing is for sure. The movie Eternals touched a nerve in many people. After seeing the film, almost everyone has a pretty strong opinion about the movie. More specifically, whether or not they enjoyed it. Do you think it fit in line with the Marvel Cosmic Universe empire?
1. People On Social Media “Review-Bombed” Eternals Before It Came Out
Another way that viewers voiced their dislike for Eternals was through review-bombing on social media platforms, specifically IMDB (via Insider). It says a lot that people spent the time and effort to get online and express their distaste for a movie they had not yet seen. We can prove they didn’t see the flick when they posted their comments. How? Because the film had not even come out yet. It speaks to the fact that fans of Marvel Cosmic Universe movies do not take their movies lightly. These loyal MCU fans do not want to be disappointed by a Marvel superhero movie.
Many people began writing deliberately bad reviews about the movie because they were not happy with various aspects of the film, even though they had not seen the film in its entirety themselves. This type of review bombing is often related to those upset about LBTGQ representation or other sexist and racist ideas (via Insider). This occurred and had since been taken down before the movie was released to the general public. Social media has become one of our most prominent forms of communication, and people who were not happy with the film were not afraid to talk about it.