Eternals: The Apostasy Edit

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2021
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156 minutes
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142 minutes
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Synopsis:
This edit focuses the narrative on the renunciation, criticism, and eventual opposition to the goals of their god Arishem. IMO this movie was a metaphor for the different ways of questioning authority - misguided soldiers, missionaries, colonizers, etc… these basic concepts are I wanted to elevate.

Using Pink Floyd's "Time" as a jumping off point, this edit also includes new songs from Pearl Jam, Massive Attack, Tool, and the Alan Parson's Project.
Intention:
I was underwhelmed by the original release of this movie. I didn’t hate it, but nothing in it made me actually get INTERESTED. It all just felt… fine. I just never really “felt” for the characters. I mostly wrote the movie off, but after a failed experiment trying to remove the third act all together, I started to care more about the characters while I was playing around, and started to see more of the ‘turning from religion’ similarities. So my first official fanedit dip into the MCU was born.
Additional Notes:
I also have been doing a little researching, and came across this reddit post by someone who also noticed the "missionary" parallels that expresses a sentiment I love: What I didn’t expect was that the film would lean into the idea of Eternals as missionaries. Not the kind of missionaries that we see today, but something from a century or two ago. Small groups of fervent followers of some offshoot sect huddled in meeting in small rooms a la something out of The Master, or settling across the frontier spreading the gospel, bound by a common dogma and spiritual zeal. In that environment, the religious group becomes a sort of extended family, with generations, divisions of labor, relationships, and expectations, both of oneself and others. The Eternals present as one of these ‘missionary families’ and I think the movie does a good job of illustrating the sense of loss and disorientation that happens once that religious mission has no meaning. Ajak is at the top of this family, the spiritual leader who holds the complete faith of her disciples and her directives hold the weight of God itself. (...) All of the personality traits, relationship roles and expectations that the Eternals have ever known have been tightly connected to their faith in Arishem and the mission that he gave them through Ajak. Now that that’s over, who are these people? Who are they to each other? What are they supposed to be doing? Ajak gives the directive to ‘go out and live your lives (I’m paraphrasing)’ but would any of us know what that means if all we had known is one life, one faith, and one mission? The looks on the faces of the rest of the Eternals seems to betray this sense of dislocation and disassociation. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mainstream superhero movie take something like that on, particularly in a way that provides such murky answers. Three of the characters die in the process, one disappears before the big battle, and in the end the group splits. (...) That’s heady stuff, and to me, it’s what makes Eternals such a fascinating movie.
Special Thanks:
Lapis Molari for the inspiration and motivation for a "Battle of the Eternals Edits", and Artisdead, SIUse, Addiesin, LifeInContext for great feedback and ideas!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I really wanted to highlight the stages of apostasy for many people, and through new section title cards and a more chronological scene order, I hope that is achieved. I am also reducing the Deviant plot significantly to reduce the scope of the narrative and keep it more focused.
Cuts and Additions:
Original introduction explanatory text removed, new production credits text added
Arishem’s explanation of the universe used as the intro, some shots slowed with Topaz for better pacing
Angelic chants added to Domo introduction
Removed Sersi first dialogue “It’s Beautiful”
Removed father putting obviously fake fish in a bag (he just killed it, and not even a wiggle)
Tightened up initial fight scene to remove lingering camera shots of Eternals (we’ll get to know them all soon enough)
Removed Ajax healing Icarus (for pacing)
Removed Ajax allowing Sersi to reach out to humans
Moved Babylon Scenes to right after Marvel Intro reel, continued Pink Floyd’s “Time” song
Added “575 BC Babylon” text to beginning of Babylon fight scene
Added more sound FX for Kingo’s fireball shots.
Removed the original “575 BC Babylon” text with Topaz, added Eternals Title at same point
Added more angelic tones for Ajax’s scene with Arishem, and trimmed the dialogue a tiny bit to remove the “status update.”
Added “Stage One - Truth” title card to transition from Ajax and Arishem to The Domo
Added a guitar cover of “Clair de Lune” for the scene inside the Domo when Phastos introduces the steam engine.
Moved up some shots of Icarus and Sersi flirting before Icarus asks Ajax for permission
added score "The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Sumerian" flowing from Sersi and Ikaris flirting into the party scene, leaving only the admission of feelings until after.
removed Ajax telling Icarus to admit his feelings to Sersi
Removed “I am beautiful” translation error interaction between Icarus and Sersi” and her gift of the rock, and removed their sex scene. (Hopefully implying their love grows slower)
Moved Tenochtitlan scenes to right after the wedding
new title card “Stage Two - Doubt” added to Tenochtitlan scene introduction
Tenochtitlan scenes brightened
Recut scene with Gilgamesh assuming responsibility for Athena after Ajax tells the rest of the Eternals to go live their own lives (for better pacing and easier transition to modern times.)
Moved Present Day London Scenes to after Tenochtitlan scene
used Pearl Jam’s “Release Me” as the transition music to Present Day London
added “Stage Three - Growth” title card to London introduction
Added Massive Attack’s Angel intro beats to Deviants first London intro with the bum and his dog
Slightly tightened when a Deviant first spots Sersi, Sprite and Dane (for pacing)
Added Massive Attack’s “Angel” to London Deviant encounter
Trimmed Sersi and Sprite jumping up to bridge level a little bit
Removed Sersi turning bus into flower petals
Added laser eyes to Ikaris exiting damaged shop
Used Topaz to enlarge and recross shot of Dane, Sersi and Sprite regrouping after Ikaris’s arrival
Removed Dane introducing himself to Icarus, cuts straight to “Well, I guess you must be the pilot.”
London scenes followed by South Dakota
“Stage Four - Questions” title card to present day South Dakota
South Dakota present day scenes brightened
South Dakota’s “Present Day” text removed with Topaz and After Effects
Added Angelic death song theme to Ajax’s death
Trimmed out Ikaris insinuating that Sersi’s interaction with Arishem was just mahd wy'ry
South Dakota scenes followed by Mumbai
Mumbi “Present Day” text removed with Topaz Upscaling to crop out text, and added "Mumbai" back in
Some Mumbi scenes brightened
Removed on plane Sersi’s mention she changes rocks into wood (too close to turning a deviant into a tree)
Sersi and Arishem scene tightened, universe origin removed from here and moved to intro
trimmed some of Arishem’s exposition to Sersi
Added “Stage Five - Answers” card after Arishem’s revelation
Kingo’s mention about memories trimmed out of candlelit scene
Dane trying to call Sersi the first time in the Amazon removed
Amazon scenes after Druig church room discussion brightened
Amazon fight scene with Deviants rescored with Tool’s “Schism” until Sersi turns a Deviant into a tree
Amazon fight scene re-edited for pacing, Kingo and Sprite against a deviant now comes before Sersi and Druig's followers sequence
Trimmed Sprite saying "Young Man" to Karun
Trimmed Sprite's time stabbing the Deviant, and removed Kingo's "Dashoom" line for better pacing
Trimmed Druig telling his followers to head to the caves
Enhanced scoring for Gilgamesh’s fight with the Deviant when saving Thena
Removed any of Gilgamesh’s dialogue after the Deviant sinks the power-sucking tentacles (to match Ajax’s quick death)
Deviant dialogue removed from Amazon scene when it evolves
Angelic death song theme added to Gilgamesh’s death after fight
Removed Sersi looking at Icarus during funeral shots
Removed Sersi discussing Deviant consciousness with Druig
Added Japanese music during Hiroshima flashback
Removed Phastos saying he was the cause of the atom bomb, instead just being disappointed by humans
Removed “Present Day” from Chicago intro scene by cropping and up scaling with Topaz
Trimmed “superman” reference in Chicago
Removed Ikea reference, added frames of hallway to extend Phastos’s reaction to the broken table
Added “Stage Six - Apostasy” title card as Eternals arrive in Iraq
Removed comment that Makkari disappeared for centuries
Removed Makkari and Kingo discussion about DVDs
Removed mention that Phastos was inspired by Deviants stealing their powers
Added deleted scene of Sprite and Makkari in Iraq, used Topaz to upscale to 4K, and enhanced audio from Stereo to 5.1
Trimmed Sersi and Icarus discussion in the canyon
Moved Ajax and Icarus flashback in South Dakota to after Sersi asks why Ajax didn’t choose Icarus to replace her
trimmed Ajax explaining why the changed her mind about humans
Removed Ajax and Ikaris walking in the Alaska forest
Trimmed Ikaris and Ajax dialogue in Alaska
removed Phastos working alone on the Unimind
Removed team suiting up in the Domo before final fight
Removed shot of Druig being buried by Icarus eyebeam
Removed Thena, Phastos and Sersi fighting debris
Tightened interaction of Sersi and Phastos before she takes off alone to Tiamut
Removed some parts of fight with Icarus
Removed most Deviant talking to Thena as she enters the cave, added line from Amazon here - “I will kill you all for what you have done to my kind”
Tightened dialogue with Deviant and Thena just before she kills it, removed her “I remember” line after (in favor of silent reflection)
Slightly reordered scenes when Thena leaves the cave
trimmed ikarus escaping Phastos’s chains
Reordered of shots of Icarus remembering times with Sersi, and removed Sersi initiating Ikaris to remember
removed Ikaris looking back at the earth before flying into the sun
Added “Stage Seven - Dawn” title card to South Dakota epilogue scene
Removed babysitting dialogue between Phastos and Thena
Removed Sersi berating Sprite about her phone addiction
Removed Kingo seeing Dane
Sersi and Danes dialogue about a giraffe removed.
Swapped shots of Eternals with Arishem so that we see Phastos first, then Kingo. Their eyes are whitened to seem like they are in robot mode, so Arishem is only talking to Sersi now.
Arishem’s dialogue to Sersi trimmed to be more threatening.
Dane’s reaction from the ground removed.
“To be continued” text added
Alan Parson's Project’s “Games People Play” song used for first half of credits.
Credits reordered and speed sometimes changed to better match the music
Removed Thena saying they need to go back to Earth.
Trailer 1


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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
156 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
142 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Available in 4K:
Synopsis:
This edit focuses the narrative on the renunciation, criticism, and eventual opposition to the goals of their god Arishem. IMO this movie was a metaphor for the different ways of questioning authority - misguided soldiers, missionaries, colonizers, etc… these basic concepts are I wanted to elevate.

Using Pink Floyd's "Time" as a jumping off point, this edit also includes new songs from Pearl Jam, Massive Attack, Tool, and the Alan Parson's Project.
Intention:
I was underwhelmed by the original release of this movie. I didn’t hate it, but nothing in it made me actually get INTERESTED. It all just felt… fine. I just never really “felt” for the characters. I mostly wrote the movie off, but after a failed experiment trying to remove the third act all together, I started to care more about the characters while I was playing around, and started to see more of the ‘turning from religion’ similarities. So my first official fanedit dip into the MCU was born.
Additional Notes:
I also have been doing a little researching, and came across this reddit post by someone who also noticed the "missionary" parallels that expresses a sentiment I love: What I didn’t expect was that the film would lean into the idea of Eternals as missionaries. Not the kind of missionaries that we see today, but something from a century or two ago. Small groups of fervent followers of some offshoot sect huddled in meeting in small rooms a la something out of The Master, or settling across the frontier spreading the gospel, bound by a common dogma and spiritual zeal. In that environment, the religious group becomes a sort of extended family, with generations, divisions of labor, relationships, and expectations, both of oneself and others. The Eternals present as one of these ‘missionary families’ and I think the movie does a good job of illustrating the sense of loss and disorientation that happens once that religious mission has no meaning. Ajak is at the top of this family, the spiritual leader who holds the complete faith of her disciples and her directives hold the weight of God itself. (...) All of the personality traits, relationship roles and expectations that the Eternals have ever known have been tightly connected to their faith in Arishem and the mission that he gave them through Ajak. Now that that’s over, who are these people? Who are they to each other? What are they supposed to be doing? Ajak gives the directive to ‘go out and live your lives (I’m paraphrasing)’ but would any of us know what that means if all we had known is one life, one faith, and one mission? The looks on the faces of the rest of the Eternals seems to betray this sense of dislocation and disassociation. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mainstream superhero movie take something like that on, particularly in a way that provides such murky answers. Three of the characters die in the process, one disappears before the big battle, and in the end the group splits. (...) That’s heady stuff, and to me, it’s what makes Eternals such a fascinating movie.
Special Thanks:
Lapis Molari for the inspiration and motivation for a "Battle of the Eternals Edits", and Artisdead, SIUse, Addiesin, LifeInContext for great feedback and ideas!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I really wanted to highlight the stages of apostasy for many people, and through new section title cards and a more chronological scene order, I hope that is achieved. I am also reducing the Deviant plot significantly to reduce the scope of the narrative and keep it more focused.
Cuts and Additions:
Original introduction explanatory text removed, new production credits text added
Arishem’s explanation of the universe used as the intro, some shots slowed with Topaz for better pacing
Angelic chants added to Domo introduction
Removed Sersi first dialogue “It’s Beautiful”
Removed father putting obviously fake fish in a bag (he just killed it, and not even a wiggle)
Tightened up initial fight scene to remove lingering camera shots of Eternals (we’ll get to know them all soon enough)
Removed Ajax healing Icarus (for pacing)
Removed Ajax allowing Sersi to reach out to humans
Moved Babylon Scenes to right after Marvel Intro reel, continued Pink Floyd’s “Time” song
Added “575 BC Babylon” text to beginning of Babylon fight scene
Added more sound FX for Kingo’s fireball shots.
Removed the original “575 BC Babylon” text with Topaz, added Eternals Title at same point
Added more angelic tones for Ajax’s scene with Arishem, and trimmed the dialogue a tiny bit to remove the “status update.”
Added “Stage One - Truth” title card to transition from Ajax and Arishem to The Domo
Added a guitar cover of “Clair de Lune” for the scene inside the Domo when Phastos introduces the steam engine.
Moved up some shots of Icarus and Sersi flirting before Icarus asks Ajax for permission
added score "The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Sumerian" flowing from Sersi and Ikaris flirting into the party scene, leaving only the admission of feelings until after.
removed Ajax telling Icarus to admit his feelings to Sersi
Removed “I am beautiful” translation error interaction between Icarus and Sersi” and her gift of the rock, and removed their sex scene. (Hopefully implying their love grows slower)
Moved Tenochtitlan scenes to right after the wedding
new title card “Stage Two - Doubt” added to Tenochtitlan scene introduction
Tenochtitlan scenes brightened
Recut scene with Gilgamesh assuming responsibility for Athena after Ajax tells the rest of the Eternals to go live their own lives (for better pacing and easier transition to modern times.)
Moved Present Day London Scenes to after Tenochtitlan scene
used Pearl Jam’s “Release Me” as the transition music to Present Day London
added “Stage Three - Growth” title card to London introduction
Added Massive Attack’s Angel intro beats to Deviants first London intro with the bum and his dog
Slightly tightened when a Deviant first spots Sersi, Sprite and Dane (for pacing)
Added Massive Attack’s “Angel” to London Deviant encounter
Trimmed Sersi and Sprite jumping up to bridge level a little bit
Removed Sersi turning bus into flower petals
Added laser eyes to Ikaris exiting damaged shop
Used Topaz to enlarge and recross shot of Dane, Sersi and Sprite regrouping after Ikaris’s arrival
Removed Dane introducing himself to Icarus, cuts straight to “Well, I guess you must be the pilot.”
London scenes followed by South Dakota
“Stage Four - Questions” title card to present day South Dakota
South Dakota present day scenes brightened
South Dakota’s “Present Day” text removed with Topaz and After Effects
Added Angelic death song theme to Ajax’s death
Trimmed out Ikaris insinuating that Sersi’s interaction with Arishem was just mahd wy'ry
South Dakota scenes followed by Mumbai
Mumbi “Present Day” text removed with Topaz Upscaling to crop out text, and added "Mumbai" back in
Some Mumbi scenes brightened
Removed on plane Sersi’s mention she changes rocks into wood (too close to turning a deviant into a tree)
Sersi and Arishem scene tightened, universe origin removed from here and moved to intro
trimmed some of Arishem’s exposition to Sersi
Added “Stage Five - Answers” card after Arishem’s revelation
Kingo’s mention about memories trimmed out of candlelit scene
Dane trying to call Sersi the first time in the Amazon removed
Amazon scenes after Druig church room discussion brightened
Amazon fight scene with Deviants rescored with Tool’s “Schism” until Sersi turns a Deviant into a tree
Amazon fight scene re-edited for pacing, Kingo and Sprite against a deviant now comes before Sersi and Druig's followers sequence
Trimmed Sprite saying "Young Man" to Karun
Trimmed Sprite's time stabbing the Deviant, and removed Kingo's "Dashoom" line for better pacing
Trimmed Druig telling his followers to head to the caves
Enhanced scoring for Gilgamesh’s fight with the Deviant when saving Thena
Removed any of Gilgamesh’s dialogue after the Deviant sinks the power-sucking tentacles (to match Ajax’s quick death)
Deviant dialogue removed from Amazon scene when it evolves
Angelic death song theme added to Gilgamesh’s death after fight
Removed Sersi looking at Icarus during funeral shots
Removed Sersi discussing Deviant consciousness with Druig
Added Japanese music during Hiroshima flashback
Removed Phastos saying he was the cause of the atom bomb, instead just being disappointed by humans
Removed “Present Day” from Chicago intro scene by cropping and up scaling with Topaz
Trimmed “superman” reference in Chicago
Removed Ikea reference, added frames of hallway to extend Phastos’s reaction to the broken table
Added “Stage Six - Apostasy” title card as Eternals arrive in Iraq
Removed comment that Makkari disappeared for centuries
Removed Makkari and Kingo discussion about DVDs
Removed mention that Phastos was inspired by Deviants stealing their powers
Added deleted scene of Sprite and Makkari in Iraq, used Topaz to upscale to 4K, and enhanced audio from Stereo to 5.1
Trimmed Sersi and Icarus discussion in the canyon
Moved Ajax and Icarus flashback in South Dakota to after Sersi asks why Ajax didn’t choose Icarus to replace her
trimmed Ajax explaining why the changed her mind about humans
Removed Ajax and Ikaris walking in the Alaska forest
Trimmed Ikaris and Ajax dialogue in Alaska
removed Phastos working alone on the Unimind
Removed team suiting up in the Domo before final fight
Removed shot of Druig being buried by Icarus eyebeam
Removed Thena, Phastos and Sersi fighting debris
Tightened interaction of Sersi and Phastos before she takes off alone to Tiamut
Removed some parts of fight with Icarus
Removed most Deviant talking to Thena as she enters the cave, added line from Amazon here - “I will kill you all for what you have done to my kind”
Tightened dialogue with Deviant and Thena just before she kills it, removed her “I remember” line after (in favor of silent reflection)
Slightly reordered scenes when Thena leaves the cave
trimmed ikarus escaping Phastos’s chains
Reordered of shots of Icarus remembering times with Sersi, and removed Sersi initiating Ikaris to remember
removed Ikaris looking back at the earth before flying into the sun
Added “Stage Seven - Dawn” title card to South Dakota epilogue scene
Removed babysitting dialogue between Phastos and Thena
Removed Sersi berating Sprite about her phone addiction
Removed Kingo seeing Dane
Sersi and Danes dialogue about a giraffe removed.
Swapped shots of Eternals with Arishem so that we see Phastos first, then Kingo. Their eyes are whitened to seem like they are in robot mode, so Arishem is only talking to Sersi now.
Arishem’s dialogue to Sersi trimmed to be more threatening.
Dane’s reaction from the ground removed.
“To be continued” text added
Alan Parson's Project’s “Games People Play” song used for first half of credits.
Credits reordered and speed sometimes changed to better match the music
Removed Thena saying they need to go back to Earth.
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This edit is wonderful.
Presenting the film in a chronological order works wonderfully, in my opinion, compared to the theatrical cut. It really helps us see the team's dynamic evolve through the years. Furthermore, the extended scenes help us care more about the characters - more than the TC for sure, but I think that even more than the Chronological Cut. This is a major plus for an ensemble film such as Eternals.
The new soundtrack was a hit-and-miss for me. I love each of the songs separately, but I'm not sure I understand why they were chosen for those scenes. Additionally, there were notable audio differences in some of the deleted scenes.
Basing the narrative on the principles of Apostasy through doubt and dissent worked very well, and focuses the plot around the characters' journey. However, I was not fond of the usage of title cards. The terminology felt too different from the script.
All in all, my criticism is fairly minor. This edit is highly recommended, as it transforms the mediocre theatrical cut into an enjoyable film.

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First things first, this is definitely an improvement over the original Eternals and it is certainly worth checking out -- though it was not what I was expecting at all! Now onto my few quibbles... I love the idea of the different stages, but I found the title cards to be a little distracting, as I thought there were too many of them and they were not spread out evenly throughout the film. I think three stages would have sufficed and could have been used to mark each main act in the movie. Still on the subject of narrative, I believe there is a continuity mistake when someone appears to know about a character's powers, but is later told about this and acts surprised, There were also some issues with the music. While for the most part, it added to the film and made it seem like it belonged in the MCU, there was one action sequence in particular that felt more like a music video than an actual movie, as the song just seemed to go on and on and on. At the other end of the spectrum, there's a very mellow scene near the start of the film where the sound of a harp was included and this sounded more like something out of Final Fantasy than what should probably be in a Marvel movie. Other than these issues though, I thoroughly enjoyed this edit and my partner and I both agreed that it was a lot easier to follow than the original film. In fact, this is the edit's greatest strength, as the chronological sequencing of events makes for a much more enjoyable and far less brain-straining experience. I do recommend it!

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This was an eye-opening experience. Making the theatrical cut leaner and more focused, with fewer moments of offhand humour at times where it would otherwise step on the drama. I loved the MCU throughout the Infinity Saga, and since Endgame I have been feeling uneasy, and the need to go back and re-examine each release to zero in on what feels different. What WakeupKeo has done here makes the story clearer, Reordering events to be almost entirely chronological declutters the murder mystery plot and gives us more prominent arcs for the Eternals themselves. Once again, seamless integration of pop and rock music with some very well-chosen pieces that feel of a kind with the movie rather than just Super Mario needle-drops. Dividing it into thematic chapters also gives it the structure it needed (there were always going to be Kirby-links to the Justice League movie, but this one commonality now strengthens this unloved super-team). The colours were balanced and the exhausting and repetitive battles with the Deviants are given their own identity with new music, which reduces the load on the viewer. This cut was inspiring on a creative level.

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This is an extremely professional edit. I was completely unable to tell what things were added and removed. The story is tighter, the title cards are INCREDIBLE, and the cuts made are seamless. It felt like this was the way the movie was supposed to be.

I think it could have done with maybe another 10 minutes removed, but as it is it felt cohesive and confident in its delivery. It's pretty crazy what can be done with clever editing and a plan. Great work!!

Edit: holy cow I just read through your list of changes. The amount of work you put into this is enormous and it really shows. The added effects, the tightened dialogue, the extraneous shots removed, it all adds up to a very enjoyable movie.

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I'm not a big fan of non-chronlogical storytelling, and having not grown up reading the Eternals comics, the original movie had two big things going against it. It was serviceable, as most MCU movies are, but nothing that stood out. Keo's edit was a vast improvement, his trims and the reordering of scenes allowing a better and more natural flow. The chapter cards were a neat inclusion that helped set it apart from other MCU films, and while there was some audio issues, I preferred Keo's choice of music over the original songs.

This edit will definitely be my go-to version of "The Eternals" for future viewings. Highly recommended!

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I wonder if there is any edit left from Wakeupkeo that I haven't seen...
Just trying to say to say that I'm a big fan! What Keo has done for the super hero genre in this community is incredible!

When Eternals came out, although I was hyped, I did not like it. It wasn't a movie I wanted to see ever again. It wasn't Thor 4 level bad by any means, but I just didn't like it. When the first fanedits came out, I saw that most of them were focusing on making the story flow chronologically. I thought to myself, was that really the issue? I tried watching the most popular edit and I simply checked out after half an hour or so, it simply did not work for me at all. And then I read what Keo did with his edit and I'm like, huh, this actually makes a lot of sense. And after watching it, I can confirm that it did indeed!

To take the usual staff out of the way, technical wise is almost flawless. The narrative is levels above the original and all the cuts were seamless, you don't miss a thing and nothing feels off or something. There are some small issues with the volume of the songs, as someone else mentioned in his review. Other than that, as always, excellent work!

Story wise, the apostles theme clicked for me instantly. Seeing the movie from that perspective in combination with all the changes that Keo did, elevated the movie to a whole other level. Suddenly everything made more sense, you could see the purpose behind all the characters and the plot was evolving naturally. Be that as it may, unfortunately, this edit did not salvage the movie for me. It is not the editor's fault however, it just seems that nothing can be done for me to really like this film. I did enjoy this edit to a degree, but that's it.

Also, there was another big problem for me and it is something that most reviewers praise. The music..With the exception of some chant like themes (don't know if they are Keo's choice though or from the original), I was annoyed by the music. It was too loud, too on the nose and too often used, it really took me out of the moment.

Other than that, I can't recommend it enough! If you found the original film at least ok or fine and you don't mind the choice of music in this edit, I guarantee you it will be your go-to version of the movie from now on! For me, I'm just done with Eternals..

Thank you Wakeupkeo for all your hard work and thanks to anyone who read my review!

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