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- Apr 4, 2017
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It's Morbin time!!!!
Ahhh, Morbius, the 2022 super hero film that I wanted to love, depressingly hated, yet ended up liking it through all of the abject hatred. I really feel sorry for Jared Leto. The man is a talented actor, but every time he tries to make a go of things as a main character, or as a lead in a super hero film, his movies just BOMB. I originally was VERY excited for Morbius. Michael Morbius the living vampire is one of my favorite anti-heroes, as I grew up reading Spiderman comics and still have the issue where Morbius was introduced to the Marvel Universe. He’s a fantastically brutal anti-hero, and while he’s not as popular as Venom, made a successful run as an antagonist for both Blade and Spiderman alike. Not only that, the movie’s initial trailer a year or so ago intrigued me as I was getting bored with how cookie cutter the Marvel produced films were getting. It looked dark, spicy, and I had high hopes for it.
Lo and behold the first cracks in the armor of my hope was when I noticed that the writers were the same pair who wrote Gods of Egypt, The Last Witch Hunter, Power Rangers, and Dracula Untold. Lets just say that their writing history is not exactly something that inspires confidence. Then came the theatrical run a few months back where the movie just got CREAMED critically. Then the impossible happened. Morbius became a meme on the internet, and Sony believed that the “cult” meme following was enough incentive for them to re-release the film back into theaters. Only for it to make a hilarious $85,000 on the re-release. So yes, Morbius is more akin to Venom: Let their be Carnage than Spiderman: No Way Home.
You don’t even have to guess what happens next. Morbius acquires strength and stability due to the bat serum, but a huge price. Not only does he gain speed, strength, and a myriad of vampire bat like abilities, but it is all contingent on the need to feed on human blood like the mythical vampires. As such he is a sort of “living vampire”. Trying to satiate himself on his own invention of synthetic blood that he devised years ago, Morbius works at trying to reverse his curse. But a hiccup arrives in the form of his best friend Milo (Matt Smith, who is so heavily telegraphed as the eventual villain from the first few moments of the movie), who suffers from the same blood condition and DESPERATELY wants the same cure from death that Michael has given himself.
Morbius is a giant cluster bomb of horrible pacing, CGI that looks like it came from the early 2000s, and a storyline that literally side lines Jared Harris and Tyrese Gibson (who plays the obligatory cop). It’s silly, goofy, and while it tries to use Spiderman: No Way Home as a way to tie itself into the Marvel regular Universe, I just don’t see a sequel happening. Not after it bombing so badly at the box office. However, I guiltily admit that I actually kind of like the film. It’s better than Venom: Let Their Be Carnage for sure, and the internet memes that BLEW UP afterwards has solidified the film in a sort of weird cult “so awful that it’s awfully entertaining” status. It’s hammy, cheesy, but ultimately not the train wreck that it was critically lambasted for being in the theaters. It’s just not top tier super hero stuff.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images, and brief strong language
-- Defining The Antihero
-- From Human to Vampire – Visual Effects
-- Lights, Camera, Action
-- The Good, Bad & Ugly – Supporting Cast Doing the Stunt Work
-- Living Vampire from Comics to Screen
• Nocturnal Easter Eggs
While I would have loved a top tier super hero movie, Morbius is more akin to your typical Sony super hero movie fare (Spiderman not withstanding). It’s goofy, shot on a super low budget (the CGI is evidence of that) and Jared Leto doesn’t deserve the heat he got for his Morbius portrayal (although Matt Smith is so gloriously hammy that it’s awe inspiring). The Blu-ray disc is quite impressive technically speaking, and while this isn’t exactly high brow art, it was a fun hammy watch.
Starring: Jared Leto, Matth Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Written by: Matt Sazama, Buck Sharpless
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Portuguese DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish, Thai DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Thai
Runtime: 104 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: June 14th, 2022
Recommendation: Cheesy Rental