Morbius movie review: Morbius is not the best bat movie you will see this year

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) in Columbia Pictures’ MORBIUS. Courtesy of Sony Pictures © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) in Columbia Pictures’ MORBIUS. Courtesy of Sony Pictures © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

The time has come for Morbius, the movie that no one thought would ever come out, to hit theaters. I had the opportunity of checking the movie out early, so below, I share with you my thoughts on whether or not you should check it out this weekend.

The story felt a little disjointed from the beginning, which really set the tone for the film’s entirety. The film’s writers failed to invest any time in building these characters backstory up enough for us, the audience, to attempt to care about what was happening. They had a decent little foundation they built on the relationship between Michael and Milo in the early stages, but they didn’t expand upon it in a way that made us want to see their friendship thrive.

Morbius is sloppy, but not as bad as many will claim

Speaking of Milo, Matt Smith plays the adult version of this character and he is the star of this film. Once he transitions into the bat-like thing, he oozes this quirky, funny, ever so charming personality that the film needed in the worse way. He is brilliant and made this film so much easier to digest.

You get what you expect out of Jared Leto in the role of Morbius. Leto sinks his teeth into every part, which can be brutal as his movies mostly fall off the rails. I felt like he was fine in the role, but I don’t care to ever see a stand-alone film with just him again. However, he can be an added piece to the Marvel puzzle moving forward. Another standout in the cast was Adria Arjuna, who played Martine. Arjuna and Leto had great chemistry, which led to us being invested in their little story.

Some of the pieces I liked were the shooting of how the action was done. Daniel Espinosa did a great job bringing out the best of the action sequences. You have some uncharacteristic styles when trying to shoot a bat-like human capable of unnatural things, and he did it very well.

The CGI in this film struggles as much as the script did. Often, it doesn’t look bad, but other times you are groaning at how bad it does look. It hurts the overall product of the film.

Overall, it’s a very sloppy film that isn’t as bad as anyone will claim. Does it stand out on its own amongst a crowded space of comic book movies? No. Will it rank amongst the worst? Also, no. I walked into the film thinking it would be okay and I walked out of the movie thinking it was okay. If you like comic book movies, check it out, otherwise wait till it hits



Side note: There are two post-credit scenes.

Morbius hits theaters on April 1, 2022.

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