The Mess Not Even Marvel Studios Can Fix – Morbius Movie Review

Morbius: Directed by Daniel Espinosa

SYNOPSIS: Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Michael Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.

The expectations could not have been lower for this film as I walked into the theater. The trailers were far from satisfactory, the movie had been delayed what feels like a thousand times and the question was brought up: “do we even need a film about this character”? I was also highly skeptical of how Jared Leto was going to be able to bring this character to life and if this would be Joker 2.0 from Suicide Squad.

It’s safe to say I was a bit surprised. Although it is not a good movie by any means, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a dumpster fire either. Jared Leto actually wasn’t that bad in this film and embodied the character of Morbius pretty well. Some of the visuals were very unique and fresh when it came to how the action was filmed. I liked some of the ideas that the film had, but the execution is another story.

The writing of Morbius is an absolute mess. Films nowadays are so focused and almost reliant on having to set up the future or set up the next hot franchise, and that is what Morbius is trying and in the end, failing to do. The writing is so focused on cutting to the chase and getting the film over with that it completely lacks any charm, development or any ounce of emotional attachment to make the viewer want more of this character. The film is rushed, the plot points are merely there to drive the story forward and not add anything of substance. I left the film feeling hollow, because there was nothing to latch onto. No emotional backstory, no character to care and root for. There was nothing.

Most of the performances here were pointless. Like I said before, I think Jared Leto did an ok job at embodying Morbius and I will admit that Matt Smith is also pretty good here too, but the rest of the cast feel like hollow shells of characters simply there so serve a specific purpose in driving the story forward. Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson have no business being in this movie. All they do is act as an opposing force getting in our main character’s way, but never do anything to show that dominance. They are just kinda there. I won’t necessarily blame this all on the actors, I think this is a testament to just how poorly written this film is.

Lastly, the post-credit scenes. What a waste of time and how sloppily executed. If you want to get fans excited, you need to do it with more passion. These felt like poorly shot and executed video game cutscenes that did nothing for me emotionally. No excitement has been built up from those scenes that could have had a lot of potential. Just bad. Kevin Feige, what are we doing here?

FINAL: Morbius is not a good film. It struggles from extremely poor writing, lackluster and at some points very tacky technical work and very hollow performances. Jared Leto and Matt Smith do the best they can with what they are given, but in the end this is a film with ideas that were executed very poorly. If you want to look to the future and create a franchise, you first need to succeed with the origin. This film did not do that. 

Point Breakdown:

15 for Writing: 6

15 for Performances: 7

10 for Entertainment: 5

10 for Direction: 6

10 for Emotions: 3

5 for Cinematography: 2

5 for Score: 3

5 for Pacing: 4

15 for Technical: 11

5 for Rewatchability: 2

5 for Automatic: 5

Morbius: 54/100

Jack Lautaret is a film critic, Host of the Jack Lautaret YouTube Channel and the Founder of the Finatic Film Review Podcast. He is a member of the Online Film and Television Association. Twitter: @JackLautaret

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