Jared Leto stars as Dr. Michael Morbius in the new Sony Marvel film, Morbius, about a diseased man who finds his cure in a curse which sees him craving human blood. Here are some quick, spoiler-free, thoughts about Morbius.
- It’s really nice to see Jared Harris – who is almost always a bad guy – playing a gentle and kind man. The same can be said for Matt Smith’s character, which feels quite opposite to how he’s usually viewed.
- Thankfully, it’s not too long. Morbius clocks in at an hour and 40 minutes or so.
- There are a couple mid-credit scenes… and they’re bad. Without revealing anything (although a cameo is credited on IMDb), these scenes are meant to excite audiences as to the promise of future stories, yet instead they present a slew of inexplicable questions. Plus, for some reason, the scenes feel like they were shot entirely separated, on a green screen. (Or maybe even just ADRed after the fact)
- The movie feels defanged! With a near-horror genre about a vampire-like character, it’s surprising how little blood is actually on screen, even in the slashings and fight sequences. Perhaps the gore was pulled back to keep the PG-13 rating, but it’s definitely hindering the possibilities.
Honestly, enter the theater with low expectations, forget whatever you know about Morbius, and drop whatever you hope to see from this movie. Just enjoy the ride.
From Marvel & Sony, biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.
Morbius opens in theaters Friday.
— Yael Tygiel