After many delays “Morbius” is finally gracing the big screen. Directed by Daniel Espinosa this one of course stars the vibrant Jared Leto in the lead as Michael Morbius a biochemist who accidentally injects himself with a strange but extraordinary form of vampirism while attempting to cure his crippling blood disease. An interesting premise that despite playing out in a very familiar fashion, is still able to entertain. This origin-story does play it extremely traditional. The structure of the narrative, its plot progression and character development, is admittedly all stuff we have seen before.
However, with Leto bringing a dialed-down performance, there is plenty of comic-book fun to be had if you want it. There’s an appealing but sinister tone to the entire film that weaves a charming but still foreboding atmosphere. And while world-impacting ramifications may not be on the line, the internal trauma of the main characters, inside of this compact but engaging storyline does provide enough to grab your attention and sink your teeth into. The pace is quick, and while some may feel it’s over simplistic and lacking ambition. Compelling character layering and fast-paced action set-pieces deliver more than enough to kick back and enjoy.
The digital effects were serviceable enough to line this movie with appealing visuals. The detail in the facial expressions bring life to this sadistic side of the character that feeds on blood. Resulting in a cool, devilish, comic-book anti-hero that has an undeniable charisma in the hands of Leto. He is enjoying this role, as were other members of the cast and it translates nicely on screen. Seeing Morbius in action and taking dudes out is a violent treat. The slow-motion techniques were actually cool looking and where this style may be a tad played out in other films, it all just fit the early 2000’s vibe here. The visual appeal is crisp overall with a moody color pallet and it all blends well.
“Morbius” does have its hindrances. It surely could have been a bit more unique to match the modestly fresh tone of the styling. Yet it keeps the story moving forward and maintains the focus on telling a complete story. There is only so much Sony can do with their properties while on the outside looking in at the MCU. And even with this movie’s flaws, it still provides a charming ride. Because where it may feel recycled structurally, at least it is able to have fun in the moment. Despite most comic-book movie fans being too focused on what is to come, that what is in the now needs to walk a tightrope in high winds to succeed.
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