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‘Morbius’ 2022 Movie Review: Jared Lato deserves better than this

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Morbius is a 2022 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics, starring Morbius, the Living Vampire, and produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel.

Michael Morbius, a biochemist, tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease but instead infects himself with a form of vampirism.

Michael Morbius, a mad genius scientist/doctor, and his friend Milo are fighting a disease that is slowly killing them. The former spends his entire life trying to find a way to live, and just when he thinks he’s found it, fate turns him into a monster. But there’s more: there’s another monster, but he’s a friend. 

What is Morbius’ plan? That concludes the film.

The Spider-Man universe has grown to be one of the most popular and well-developed universes to date. Add in the fact that a portal to the multiverse has only opened up hundreds of new possibilities. 

Sony, who is, of course, developing their own films based on the web-slinging superhero, has no plans to stop. Rises Morbius, a project that has been stuck in production hell for a long time and then has been plagued by the pandemic for even longer.

Morbius Movie: Script Analysis

It starts with a flashback in Rome, where two young boys, each with a debilitating and extremely rare blood condition, bond over their shared hopes for a better future, only to see them grow up to become the prestigious Dr Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) and old-money playboy Milo (Matt Smith).

And their dream may have come true if we find the former something, something that extracts blood, DNA, or whatever from bats in Costa Rica and turns it into a serum that can cure their disease. Of course, by experimenting on himself, Michael has transformed into a vampiric Hulk who causes havoc by sucking the blood of innocent people.

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There’s a brief moment of suspense as the film lacks a villain and appears to be heading toward becoming a classic monster film in which an anti-hero must wrestle with himself. 

But, inevitably [spoiler alert], Morbius’ childhood friend turns into a vampire, with whom he must contend in the third act; at the very least, he doesn’t become a bigger, veinier version of him, as in most comic book films.

Even when shown in slow motion, the two CG monsters smashing into each other can be a confusing jumble of images. Morbius has the challenge of making their character and his abilities believable onscreen.

It’s odd that they haven’t come up with something more exciting and innovative than a video game character flying over a city two decades after the first Spider-Man, but audiences don’t seem to mind.

At the heart of the film, Morbius is quite vulnerable. Here’s a character who has dedicated his entire life to finding a cure for his friend, who is more important to him than himself, because he made a promise to him as a child. A man who must literally feed on the blood of someone he loves in order to gain power.

As you can see, Morbius’ emotions are at an all-time high because, in some ways, love is on the line. The writers and filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, on the other hand, do not try to fix their attention on the emotions. They prefer to move at a faster pace.

The protagonist has given a life-changing gift to a friend, but there is no scene that develops or shows the adult love they share.

One asks for money, the other response with a gift that has no effect. So why would someone stay in the building raised above the founding block if it fails to stir anything?

Here’s a doctor with a tank of Vampire Bats in the middle of his laboratory. His life has been sucked out of him by the research. He is a villain, but he is a friend to some, and he only wants the best for them. 

Instead of showing more of that, the film jumps from sequence to sequence where problems are created and solved. This causes a great deal of confusion.

Morbius gains some interesting powers after becoming the Bat-Man or Man-Bat, depending on your preference, and ends up killing an entire ship full of people. 

But his abilities are never fully explained or demonstrated so that the audience can comprehend them. 

When he transforms into the monster, his face becomes a skull, and nothing happens because nothing connects. The villain only appears to advance the plot until he dies.

Star Performances in the Movie Morbius

Jared Leto in the movie Morbius tries to breathe life into this jumbled-up scene. The one-line brief he was given appears to be “to play a monster but with subtlety,” which saps the energy. 

This is a battle between two villains. We would not invest in a match who holds back even when he has no control over himself.

Matt Smith is convincing in his performance. The part of the money-hungry man is one that he enjoys right now. 

Adria Arjona does a fantastic job of balancing the mood around Morbius. Her presence is uplifting, and the tragedy that surrounds her is hurtful.

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Direction and Music

Daniel Espinosa in Morbius tries to be subtle but forgets to include poetry or rhythm. Remember how Matt Reeves dialled down the action in The Batman in exchange for a lot of poetry and depth? 

It was as simple as that. He even tries to add a Batman-like background score to the movie but fails miserably.

The cinematography in Morbius of Oliver Woods tries to be both beautiful and destructive, but it only succeeds in parts. The majority of the action takes place in high rises, with the two guys rubbing each other’s faces. There’s a smidgeon of actual combat, but it’s not enough to make up for the 2 hours you put in.

However, despite being almost objectively terrible, Morbius is a difficult character to dislike. It’s a low-effort endeavour to the bone as if everyone is dragging their feet about starting a franchise—a fact that even the most casual moviegoers may notice.

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