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Angelina Jolie, 46, looks elegant in flowing green smock dress after Eternals UK gala screening

Angelina Jolie was a vision in green as she lead the stars attending the afterparty of the Eternals premiere at the BFI IMAX Waterloo in London on Wednesday.

The actress, 46, looked glamorous on a floaty smock dress after the screening where she was supported by her children Shiloh, 15, Zahara, 16, Vivienne, 13, Maddox, 20, and Knox, 13, with her son Pax, 17, being her only child not in attendance.

The Hollywood siren teetered on a pair of nude heels as she made her way to the celebration with her offspring in tow. 

In style: The actress looked glamorous on a floaty smock dress after the screening where she was supported by daughter Shilo, 15

Star power: Angelina Jolie, 46, was a vision in green as she lead the stars attending the afterparty of the Eternals premiere at the BFI IMAX Waterloo in London on Wednesday

Angelina could be seen walking alongside daughter Shilo who wore a black shirt dress beneath a blue denim shirt decorated with motifs.

She had on a pair of comfortable monochrome trainers as she walked alongside her famous parent.

Earlier in the evening, Shilo wore an elegant cream dress with black lace detail as she posed on the red carpet.

The pair were joined by Zahara who opted for an off-the-shoulder yellow dress for the evening.

She could be seen wearing a pair of open-toed heels as she walked hand-in-hand with her mother.

Maddox could be seen in casual attire, wearing a black T-shirt and matching denim trousers which he teamed with a slate grey blazer and beanie hat.

Family affair: The pair were joined by Zahara, 16, who opted for an off-the-shoulder yellow dress for the evening

Family affair: The pair were joined by Zahara, 16, who opted for an off-the-shoulder yellow dress for the evening

Out for the night: She could be seen wearing a pair of open-toed heels as she walked hand-in-hand with her mother

Out for the night: She could be seen wearing a pair of open-toed heels as she walked hand-in-hand with her mother

Stepping out: Maddox, 20, could be seen in casual attire, wearing a black T-shirt and matching denim trousers which he teamed with a slate grey blazer and beanie hat

Stepping out: Maddox, 20, could be seen in casual attire, wearing a black T-shirt and matching denim trousers which he teamed with a slate grey blazer and beanie hat

The family were joined by a number of famous friends including Salma Hayek, 55, who cut a glamorous figure in a sequined ruby red dress.

She wrapped up warm against the cool evening air with a black shawl covering her arms and shoulders as she headed to the venue.

The actress, who plays the character of Ajak in the film, was joined by her husband François-Henri Pinault who looked dapper in a shirt and tie as he arrived separately to the bash.

Glitterati: The family were joined by a number of famous friends including Salma Hayek, 55, who cut a glamorous figure in a sequined ruby red dress

Glitterati: The family were joined by a number of famous friends including Salma Hayek, 55, who cut a glamorous figure in a sequined ruby red dress

Coupled-up: The actress, who plays the character of Ajak in the film, was joined by her husband François-Henri Pinault

Coupled-up: The actress, who plays the character of Ajak in the film, was joined by her husband François-Henri Pinault

Meanwhile, Kit Harrington, 34, opted for a black suit which he was pictured in on the red carpet at the premiere.

He wore a matching shirt which he wore open at the collar to give his outfit a more casual look.

The star had his hair slicked into a sleek style and sported some carefully trimmed facial hair. 

Dashing: Meanwhile, Kit Harrington, 34, opted for a black suit which he was pictured in on the red carpet at the premiere

Dashing: Meanwhile, Kit Harrington, 34, opted for a black suit which he was pictured in on the red carpet at the premiere

Also in attendance was Samuel L. Jackson, 72, who cut a casual figure in a black Adidas tracksuit.

He could be seen wearing a matching hat while he wore a grey facemask in a bid to keep himself and others safe from coronavirus.  

Eternals sees an immortal alien race come out of hiding after thousands of years to protect Earth from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

All-stars: Also in attendance was Samuel L. Jackson, 72, who cut a casual figure in a black Adidas tracksuit

All-stars: Also in attendance was Samuel L. Jackson, 72, who cut a casual figure in a black Adidas tracksuit

The cast includes MCU’s first deaf superhero (Lauren Ridloff as Makkari) and its first openly gay superhero (Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos) who shares the franchise’s first onscreen same-sex kiss with Haaz Sleiman, who plays his husband.

In ELLE’s 2021 Women In Hollywood issue, Angelina – who is an advocate for refugees – discusses her upcoming movie and praises The Eternals’ director, Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao for her choice of casting.

‘A lot of times as an actress, you’re that individual strong woman, or you have one sister; you don’t often have this family where you really get to know women and see all the different strengths,’ she explained. 

Praising her co-stars, she continued: ‘Gemma’s grace and elegance and the way she walks through the world. Salma’s motherhood and power, and Lauren’s connection and intelligence. Everybody came as themselves.

‘Maybe there’s something to that, that the characters weren’t as far off [from ourselves]. I think there’s a secret that we don’t know that our director knows, because if you look at her films, she casts a lot of real people as their roles and it shapes her films.’

Oh dear: Ahead of its release Eternals was branded 'disappointing' and 'ultimately unmemorable' by critics in first reviews of the hotly anticipated MCU blockbuster (above Angelina Jolie as Thena in the film)

Oh dear: Ahead of its release Eternals was branded ‘disappointing’ and ‘ultimately unmemorable’ by critics in first reviews of the hotly anticipated MCU blockbuster (above Angelina Jolie as Thena in the film)

She reveals in the issue that when she was first contacted about the movie, she thought it was going to play a ‘grandmother’ type role.

‘I never thought I was going to be one of the Eternals. It doesn’t happen. It’s never happened to me like that before without a fight and like, ‘I can do this, please hire me!’ When she told me I was one of them, I was like, ”Me, Mexican, Middle Eastern? Me, in my fifties? I’m going to be a superhero in a Marvel movie?” Sometimes as a woman, as a woman of colour and with the age, you feel so overlooked,’ she said.

Commending Zao for ‘having balls’, she championed the director for ‘acknowledging’ her within the industry.

Ridloff, whose character Makkari is deaf like her and the first deaf superhero within the Marvel universe, reveals she jumped at the chance to ‘show representation’ on screen in a ‘refreshing’ way, while Chan praises Marvel for showing diversity on a global scale with its movies.

Ahead of its release, Eternals has already been branded ‘disappointing’ and ‘ultimately unmemorable’ by critics in its first reviews.

Not good: The film was lambasted by critics over its 'miserably undernourished' script, deluge of underdeveloped characters and 'overloaded' storyline (pictured left, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo - and right Lauren Midloff as Makkari)

Not good: The film was lambasted by critics over its ‘miserably undernourished’ script, deluge of underdeveloped characters and ‘overloaded’ storyline (pictured left, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo – and right Lauren Midloff as Makkari)

The superhero flick was lambasted by critics over its ‘miserably undernourished’ script, deluge of underdeveloped characters and ‘overloaded’ storyline.  

Critics were torn as the ‘refreshingly diverse’ cast of characters resulted in a group of ‘navel-gazing superheroes’ that signalled ‘two steps forwards for representation but three steps backwards for dramatic ingenuity.’ 

The Times critic Kevin Maher gave the film two stars and took aim at the 157-minute flick’s script and its ‘strange self-sabotaging energy.’

He wrote: ‘It is the characters, however, who represent the biggest shift away from the swaggering, mostly white, mostly male, mostly straight, mostly neurotypical and mostly hearing ensembles (think Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc) that have defined the Marvel brand thus far.’

Adding the ‘reinvented heroes work’ he continued: ‘But they are also, to paraphrase Pirandello, ten characters in search of a script. Because the one they have now, co-written by Chloé Zhao, the director (Nomadland), is derivative, messy and miserably undernourished.

‘Eternals is two steps forwards for representation but three steps backwards for dramatic ingenuity. 

Variety critic Owen Gleiberman  branded the film a ‘disappointment’ over lacking the ‘raw and real’ signature quality Zhao has brought to her other films. 

He wrote: ‘Yet as I approached Eternals, the question I was most curious about was whether Zhao, who in Nomadland and The Rider defined her filmmaking style in a unique poetic way, would carry any remnants of that mode over to the blockbuster universe… Eternals has none of that. It’s clear that that’s something of a disappointment.

He added the film feels ‘very standard’ in comparison to ‘top-tier’ team superhero films (the first Guardians of the Galaxy, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and ‘Avengers: Infinity War) and that the film ‘never transcends its conventionality’ 

He did however laud the diversity of the cast, writing: ‘Four of the Eternals are white, three are Asian, two are Black, and one is Latina. One is gay, one is deaf, and one is an androgynous tween who never grows up. 

‘Any troll who surveys this lively medley of backgrounds and temperaments only to gripe that the movie is too ‘woke’ might have lodged the same complaint about Star Trek 55 years ago.’   

The Telegraph critic Robbie Collin again gave Eternals two stars, writing: ‘The answer is the problem with Eternals in miniature: it’s constantly engaged in a kind of grit-toothed authenticity theatre, going out of its way to show you it’s doing all the things proper cinema does, even though none of them bring any discernible benefit whatsoever to the film at hand. 

‘The more muted tone rules out Marvel’s fast and flippant house style: instead, Eternals opts for solemnity peppered with wackiness, which occasionally gives it the feel of a Japanese anime series.’

Criticism: The Guardian critic Steve Rose scored the film two stars once again and likened it to a 'sophisticated PowerPoint presentation' due to its comprehensive mythological storyline

Criticism: The Guardian critic Steve Rose scored the film two stars once again and likened it to a ‘sophisticated PowerPoint presentation’ due to its comprehensive mythological storyline

Empire critic John Nugent gave Eternals three stars, as it was ‘unable to escape the clichés of superhero storytelling’ but praised Zhao’s ‘assured and ambitious’ MCU debut.

He wrote:  ‘There’s a fascinating tension in Eternals between the unstoppable force of the Marvel project and the immovable object of Zhao’s artistic sensibilities. In many ways, this looks and feels nothing like any Chloé Zhao film we’ve seen before

‘And yet in many ways, this film looks and feels nothing like any previous Marvel film. There are, for example, at least a couple of firsts: a genuine sex scene, and an onscreen gay kiss — unheard of in the normally rather chaste MCU. 

‘More frequently, though, it seems to fall into familiar traps about saving the world and learning to work together as a team; when a giant, CGI-heavy battle begins to thwart another potential apocalypse, you start to feel a formula being leaned on.’

Actors: Evening Standard critic Charlotte O'Sullivan praised the film and gave it an impressive four stars, heaping praise on the cast, bar Gemma Chan's 'wooden' turn as Sersi (above with Kit Harington as Dane Whitman)

Actors: Evening Standard critic Charlotte O’Sullivan praised the film and gave it an impressive four stars, heaping praise on the cast, bar Gemma Chan’s ‘wooden’ turn as Sersi (above with Kit Harington as Dane Whitman)

Eternals: What the critics said 

 ‘But they are also, to paraphrase Pirandello, ten characters in search of a script. Because the one they have now, co-written by Chloé Zhao, the director (Nomadland), is derivative, messy and miserably undernourished.

‘Eternals is two steps forwards for representation but three steps backwards for dramatic ingenuity’ – The Times critic Kevin Maher

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‘Yet as I approached Eternals, the question I was most curious about was whether Zhao, who in Nomadland and The Rider defined her filmmaking style in a unique poetic way, would carry any remnants of that mode over to the blockbuster universe… Eternals has none of that. It’s clear that that’s something of a disappointment’ – Variety critic Owen Gleiberman  

‘At times if feels like you are watching a very sophisticated PowerPoint presentation. 

‘That’s the problem: there’s just too much going on: it’s all headed towards yet another ‘race against time to stop the really bad thing happening’ climax’ The Guardian critic Steve Rose

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‘Perhaps the hope was that Marvel’s 26th film might rattle the franchise out of its comfort zone. But the franchise is nothing but comfort zone, which renders its latest entry an instant white elephant’ – The Telegraph critic Robbie Collin

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 ‘More frequently, though, it seems to fall into familiar traps about saving the world and learning to work together as a team; when a giant, CGI-heavy battle begins to thwart another potential apocalypse, you start to feel a formula being leaned on’ – Empire critic John Nugent

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‘But considering that this sci-fi saga is directed by Zhao, and that its story spans the creation of the Universe and the fate of the planet, it would have been reasonable to expect it to prompt slack-jawed wonder rather than the grudging appreciation of an efficient, workmanlike job. 

‘Eternals may not be the worst of Marvel’s movies, but it’s undoubtedly the most disappointing’ – BBC Culture critic Nicholas Barber

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‘The whole cast are fabulous, with one exception. Chan’s a bit wooden. As far as the script’s concerned, she’s the chosen one. But I wish Zhao hadn’t chosen her. 

‘Anyway, the fights, especially in the film’s last third, are astounding, beautifully paced and crammed with detail’ – Evening Standard critic Charlotte O’Sullivan

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