Morbius Movie Review
Released: April 1, 2022
Available On: Netflix
Run-Time: 1 hr 44 mins
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Michael Keaton
Battling a rare blood disease his entire life, Dr. Michael Morbius dedicates his live to finding a cure. Ignoring legal and moral setbacks, Morbius conducts an experiment that creates the greatest success and greatest horror of his career.
I first saw this trailer in theaters back in December 2021 when I went to watch Spider-Man: No Way Home. Many of the references made to other Spider-Man universes in the trailer were cut from the full movie. Even Michael Kenton’s scenes (The Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming) that took up a generous amount of time from the trailer were cut entirely. Hearing critics and fans review this movie led me to have low hopes, so I decided not to watch it in theaters.
The movie is entertaining if you are looking for a film in the superhero genre to watch on a casual weekend. There is a lot of violence, but nothing that would come close to challenging the PG-13 rating. Morbius was not as bad as I was expecting, but I am glad that I watched it on Netflix instead of paying to see it in theaters.
There are some things that stuck out to me about this movie that I need to rant about.
- The Hoodie Disguise
It is a running joke in the MCU that the onscreen heroes will use a baseball cap as a disguise in public. Sony has their own version as Morbius walks through crowded streets with only the hood of his jacket to hide his identity. It made me chuckle every time I saw it on screen.
- Time Jump
The movie begins with a flash back to Michael’s childhood in a quick scene. I understand using the flashback to establish his early life, but I wish they would have paced it better. Starting it in the present for a minute, jumping backwards 25 years for a couple more minutes, then jumping back to the present was a bit jolting. Having Michael’s mentor look exactly the same 25 years later was also confusing.
I wish this movie had more humor in it. Having a character to be the comedic relief would have helped the pacing and made the film feel more alive. Watching a visually dark movie without a glimmer of hope was a bit of a downer.
Morbius makes a quick transition to his vampiric self he is known for in the comics. This film utilizes slow motion during its fight scenes. Sometimes it helps to see what is going on in the scene, but other times it makes it seems unnecessary. When Morbius is first shown as a vampire, it reminded me of how the werewolves looked in the MTV series Teen Wolf. The echolocation that Morbius had after his transformation made for a cool visual device.
Milo was completely hidden from the movie trailer. Seeing him as a villain was interesting. Half an hour into the movie, I was wondering who they were going to make the “villain” of this story. When I first heard about the movie, I thought Spider-Man would have made an appearance as the antagonist.
- The End Credit Scenes
Michael Keaton finally makes an appearance in the end credits scenes, but his role is confusing. Why is he in this universe? How did he make a new suit? After watching Spider-Man: No Way Home his appearance does not make sense. I was surprised they didn’t introduce a new version of his character since the multiverse has already been established.
I’ll end my rant now. Morbius was very entertaining, but the unanswered questions will be bothering me until a sequel is released.