I gave my review of ETERNALS over at our sister site DARKNESS.COM (it’s good; ignore the Rotten Tomatoes score, which is deliberately deceptive—I also go into why that is the case—and go see it) but one thing that struck me as I was watching it needs to be addressed here on this site. I didn’t like the character Sprite. That’s okay, as I’m not sure I was supposed to like her. She is a millennia-old being stuck in the body of an early pubescent girl. I’m not sure that ought to make for a character, if the character is rendered properly, as she is in this film, who would endear herself to an audience. She doesn’t, and that’s fine, especially considering her—SPOILER ALERT!!!—heel turn towards the end of the movie.
Watching Sprite, though, and her heel turn, and the reasons for her heel turn, I immediately thought of Claudia from INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. A being that is centuries old but is eternally trapped in the body of a little girl. (In the novel, like, really little. She’s supposed to be only five years old.) This eventually drives her insane, or at least drives her to sociopathy. The same thing happens to Sprite in ETERNALS. I expect the same thing would happen to anyone in real life if it were possible to press pause on the aging process while that person has yet to hit puberty. It was unfair of Lestat to do it in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and it was unfair of Arishem to create Sprite that way in ETERNALS.