Starring: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson
Director: Daniel Espinosa
It’s a fine line, but for me, there is a difference between a movie being “bad” and being “not good.” Morbius is of the latter variety. It’s poorly written, the CGI is questionable, and there are a lot of things that simply don’t make much sense. Also, despite a few relatively neat “bullet time” sequences, the (too few) action scenes are dark and poorly shot. Worst of all, it’s just boring all the way up to its anti-climactic ending. It’s not the outright disaster that Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four was, but not even the intriguing (if somewhat forced) mid-credit scenes make Morbius worth watching.
After two years of delays, Sony apparently fixed nothing in Morbius, which is an absolute disaster of a movie. Everything feels completely rushed and unexplained, so we’re left trying to piece the details together on our own. The character motivations simply aren’t present either, save for the villain (Matt Smith), whose motivations are garbage. To his credit, Smith is making the most of his character, but everyone else is bland as hell. The final act actually had me laughing because I was so flabbergasted. I’m not shocked that Morbius is bad, but I am shocked at just how bad it is.
Morbius may not be the outright disaster one expects from something this uninspired, but it is far from what Sony Pictures needed to make this character a viable success. Inconsistent characterization and one-dimensional plotting haunt this film like a plague, and structurally, it’s an absolute mess. Its main draw – the action sequences – are some of the worst-looking of any comic book movie. Jared Leto does what he can with scant material, but even his initial chemistry with Matt Smith is tossed aside before it can go anywhere interesting. Plus, it absolutely wastes Jared Haris; there’s no coming back from that.
Morbius asks the audience an important philosophical question: would you literally kill to look as good as Jared Leto? The answer is yes, but the film says no. Along with this are other subpar things that I had issues with, like the bad CGI, terrible dialogue, lack of blood, and what is possibly the most anticlimactic ending for a comic book film since Fantastic Four. Even the Twilight vampires are far more interesting than what Morbius offers.