The Stream: Gaping holes in plot and reality
The Big Screen: Cool effects and camera work
The Final Bill: Entertaining but low expectations met after extensive delays– S2S: Movie Review and Trip Fontaine
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writers: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless
Stars: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images, and brief strong language
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment
Platform: In theaters
Trailers: Bullet Train
I vant to vatch Morbius (Transylvanian accent). Welcome back, Streamers. This weekend we caught the release of the long delayed Morbius. Sony vs. Marvel? What production do we have here with a Spiderman character that make his big screen debut? Yes, it’s that origin story we’ve all been clamoring for. That tale of Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist with a rare blood disease, who attempts to cure his ailment using DNA from vampire bats. His experiment takes an unexpected turn causing him to be infected with vampirism. Bloodsucking hijinks ensue or something like that.
First, I’m not really sure where this will fit in the MCU universe or if it should, which is crazy considering the planning and storytelling that Kevin Feige and the MCU have done for the last 20 years. I don’t know what to say, but there’s an obvious imbalance between the production companies – each with their own agendas. There are so many holes or not enough explanations for portions of the movie. For example, Morbius clearly has powers but in most “powered” movies, the character takes some time to figure out how to use the powers. There were times where they hinted at the power but Morbius already figured it out without even trying. Sure, he’s supposedly a genius but flying is always a struggle for every character who flies. He just gets it right away in front of a subway train about to hit him? COME ON SAHN. It’s not the biggest issue but there are consistent situations throughout this movie that you have to think, “why did that happen or how did it happen so easily?”
The visual effects and editing is probably the only place where this movie truly succeeds. Morbius as an anti-hero/villain of Spider-Man’s exceeds his movie in one fashion. Where Spidey has his peter tingle, the MCU has really struggled to visualize that for the fans. Here, the producers were like we have to hit a homerun with this. I agree that they knocked this echolocation/bat sense out of the park. I mean they did so well with it that they actually go to the well too many times with it.
Long story short, if this is a MCU movie… this isn’t their best quality. If this is a Sonyverse movie, then this is a subpar movie that is par the course. Morbius looks good and has the bells and whistles but the substance is lacking. There’s a lack of understanding where this movie fits into the MCU or the “Sonyverse”. The movie is entertaining but grab a handful of popcorn and watch this movie when it eventually comes to a streaming service. Just like the delays it took for this movie to come out, viewers should delay to see this flick and save their money.