It is crazy to think that Morbius is finally here, nearly two years later than planned thanks to Covid-19. This is a movie I was excited for as growing up, Morbius was a favorite of my dad’s. He was kind of weird in that Morbius and Werewolf By Night were his two favorite Marvel series. Because of that, Morbius has been a movie I have kept a real close eye on.
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The Movie Review
I grew up in the 90s so to me, Morbius is a Spider-Man antagonist as he had a big arc in the legendary Spider-Man: The Animated Series. We saw little glimpses in the trailer that showed this was going to be in the Sony Spider-Man universe so that got me even more excited for the movie, plus I think Jared Leto as Michael Morbius was good casting.
You have no doubt already heard the immense amount of negativity surrounding this movie. I hate to say it, but I can see why Morbius is not a great movie. I am not saying that it is terrible, but it is one of the weakest superhero movies to come out since the MCU became a thing.
The plot is about Dr. Michael Morbius who has a rare blood condition, but he finds a cure. This cure is also a curse as it makes him crave blood, the premise here is awesome. However, rather than drink human blood, he manufactures this weird blue synthetic blood instead. I hated this and I mean hated it! This is coming from a guy who grew up watching Morbius drain “plasma” with his hands in the animated series too.
Michael returns to the USA and his brother, Milo who also has the same disease takes the cure as well. Rather than trying to fight the blood cravings, Milo (Matt Smith is awesome by the way) embraces this and the powers that come along with it. A sibling rivalry of vampires should be awesome, but it just falls flat.
I think a big part of the problem with Morbius is that it lasts just over 90 minutes. The movie has serious pacing issues, stuff that feels like it needed to be explained more is not, and other scenes that feel pointlessly dragged on. I have a feeling that in a year or so we are going to end up with a director’s cut of this that will make it a better movie, well that is what I am hoping for anyway.
Before I went to see the movie, I had heard that there was a lot of bad CGI here. I do not think that the CGI here is as bad as people are making out. The reason I think this is that this is a very dark movie, so dark it is hard to see a lot of what is happening and the camera zooms in really close, like way too close during the fighting scenes.
For a movie about a vampire, you do not get to see a whole lot of violence, which I get for the PG-13 rating, but it is disappointing. I get that they were not going to have blood splattering all over the screen, but the way it cuts away or you just hear the blood splatter feels like a tease. Again, perhaps there is a higher-rated director’s cut coming in the future!
I did not hate Morbius, but it was a very disappointing movie for me, oh and the credits scene at the very end…. What the heck was that? If you think from the trailers that this movie looks average at best, I would recommend not bothering to go and see it in the theatre. If there is a director’s cut of this in the future, I would check it out as I feel there could be a good movie here somewhere.
- He looks cool when he is in full vampire mode
- You can tell Matt Smith was having a lot of fun in this role
- I never in a million years thought we would get a live-action version of Morbius
- It is not as terrible as some people are making out
- The pacing is not good at all, feels like it was butchered in the editing room
- It makes Sony’s Spider-Man series really messy going forward