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Morbius review: “A Marvel movie that will inspire utter indifference”

Morbius, the latest entry in ‘Sony’s Spider-Man Universe’ – in other words, the shared superhero world formerly known as ‘SPUMC’ – takes this particular corner of the comics universe further down the seemingly darker path laid out by its only stable friend, Venom. it also pushes. . This Tom Hardy actor was a surprise hit, anchored by a nice, unbalanced double act between Hardy and himself, but with this bland, Jared Leto side series, SSU put all its remaining goodwill on the wall.

Leto, Dr. Michael Morbius – a brilliant scientist suffering from a rare blood disease, inexplicably finds vampirism as the solution to his ailments. Powered by super speed, strength, and stylish echolocation hearing, Morbius must deplete human hemoglobin or risk the beast inside to come out – Morbius’ childhood friend, a monster Milo (Matt Smith), is not afraid to unleash an unsuspecting onlooker.

Strictly sticking to Venom’s anti-hero origin story formula, Morbius is a shameless exercise in expanding the comic book universe. It’s masterfully shot by director Daniel Espinosa (Life), who takes little time to dive into the action and uses every trick in the visual effects producer’s toolkit to dazzle (lots of slow motion, fine particle effects, corkscrew camera work), but over-reliance on below-average digital stuntmen, It means that most of the movie’s box office action feels overwhelming, having the lulling qualities of a lava lamp.

Leto has traditionally been an extremely committed artist (some would say overly determined), but here he has the look of a man who is constantly thinking about his next manicure. It doesn’t help that the character is never properly drawn, suffering one moment for a single patient, ignoring eight horrific murders the next. A role that screams for a unique, frenetic performance to bring the material to life is something Matt Smith is familiar with, but even the hilariously bad-dancing vampire can’t raise the movie’s BPM once it’s fixed.

Frankly, Morbius is a movie that will inspire complete oblivion – competent enough not to be a complete waste of time, but not entertaining enough to recommend to anyone but the most dedicated superhero moviegoers. After 14 years of Marvel Studios perfecting and elevating this particular brand of interconnected, audience-friendly comic success into its own art form, Morbius can’t help but feel like a movie that blindly follows the same recipe but misses every step of the way. Materials.


Morbius is currently in UK cinemas and hits theaters in the US on April 1. To learn more, check out our massive guide to Marvel Phase 4 and all the new superhero movies to get excited about.


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Morbius review: “A Marvel movie that will inspire utter indifference”

Morbius, the latest entry in ‘Sony’s Spider-Man Universe’ – AKA the shared superhero world formerly known as ‘SPUMC’ – further pushes this particular corner of the comics-verse down the ostensibly darker road established by its sole stablemate, Venom. That Tom Hardy-starrer was a surprise hit, anchored by an enjoyably unhinged double act between Hardy and himself, but with this dull, derivative Jared Leto-fronted franchise non-starter, the SSU has SPUMC’d any lingering goodwill up the wall.
Leto stars as Dr. Michael Morbius – a brilliant scientist suffering from a rare blood disease who inexplicably hits on vampirism as the solution to his ills. Powered up with super speed, strength, and nifty echolocation hearing, Morbius must consume human hemoglobin or risk the monster within getting out – a monster Morbius’ childhood friend Milo (Matt Smith) has no compunction unleashing on an unsuspecting public.
Sticking rigidly to Venom’s anti-hero origin story formula, Morbius is a shameless exercise in comic book universe expansion. It’s slickly shot by director Daniel Espinosa (Life), who wastes little time getting to the action, and deploys every trick in the VFX filmmaker’s toolkit in an attempt to dazzle (copious slow motion, wispy particle effects, corkscrew camerawork), but a frustrating over-reliance on sub-par digital doubles means much of the film’s big ticket action feels underpowered, possessing the soporific qualities of a lava lamp.
Leto is traditionally a supremely committed performer (some might say overly committed), but here he has the look of a man constantly thinking about his next manicure. It doesn’t help that the character is never adequately sketched, agonizing over a single patient one moment, brushing off eight gruesome murders the next. It’s a role crying out for a one of a kind, off-kilter performance to bring the material alive, something Matt Smith seems to recognise, but even his comically wicked dancing vamp can’t raise the film’s BPM as it flatlines.
Frankly, Morbius is a film that will inspire utter indifference – competent enough not to be a complete waste of time, but nowhere near entertaining enough to recommend to anyone but the most dedicated superhero cinema completists. After 14 years of Marvel Studios perfecting and elevating this particular brand of crowd-pleasing, interconnected comic book blockbuster to its own artform, Morbius can’t help but feel like a film that’s slavishly following the same recipe, but getting all the ingredients wrong.
Morbius is in UK cinemas now and arrives in US theaters on April 1. For more, check out our huge guide to Marvel Phase 4 and all the new superhero movies to get excited for.

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