Morbius – Film Review

Based on the character Morbius, the Living Vampire from Marvel Comics, Morbius is a superhero film that is directed by Daniel Espinosa and stars Jared Leto alongside Matt Smith and Adria Arjona.

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) suffers from a rare blood disease, so he attempts to create a cure for himself and his childhood friend Milo (Matt Smith) who also suffers from the rare blood condition. The cure he creates however, infects him with a form of vampirism. While still coming to terms with his body transformation, Dr. Michael Morbius inadvertently commits multiple murders.

Things go from bad to worse when his ‘cure’ gets into the wrong hands, so he enlists the help of his fellow doctor, Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona) to help him take on his most difficult challenge to date since his transformation.

While I am a fan of superhero films, sadly Morbius might be one of the most unremarkable entries of the genre. Although it is not a terrible film by any means, it is still rather predicable and lacking. It might sound strange to say, but my favourite parts of the film are when Morbius is being scientific rather than when he is using his superpowers. Those parts of the film felt the most focused and strong, character wise, plus I found it entertaining watching him problem solving.

The visual effects and make-up look decent enough, but feels wasted to be in a film that turned out to be average. All of the actors put in passable performances with what they’re given, but it all could have been much better if they had a more substantial and impressive script to work with.

Probably the most disappointing thing about this film is how unsatisfying the ending is. Morbius leaves so many loose ends that when the end credits do start to roll, it feels like the film is ending earlier than it should be. The loose ends don’t feel like they are being left open to lead to any further stories for possible future sequels but rather that they were just left abandoned and will most likely be forgotten about, which is likely due to the film’s lazy writing or incompetence.

Morbius is a remotely entertaining film that any Marvel or superhero film completist should watch at least once. I would also recommend it to those who are fans of the cast. However, if you aren’t either of the above but are still curious to see what this genre has to offer, then I highly recommend avoiding this unnecessary film and finding a more superior superhero film to watch.

Morbius is in cinemas now.

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