NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Morbius: Not even so bad it’s good

On April 1, 2022, Morbius was released in theaters. I got to watch the film on opening night with a couple of friends. I figured I would review it, and give my thoughts on the film. While Morbius has been doing decently financially, making about $84 million on its opening weekend, it has been doing very poor critically. Only having a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 5.2/10 on IMDb. Going into this movie, I was expecting a bad, but at least very entertaining film. I quite liked both Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, when it came to Sony’s other Spider-Man villain movies, so I was hoping for at least the same thing: A film that’s bad, but still a lot of fun.

I didn’t even get that. It was worse than I expected it to be.

Now first up, the story and writing. It was really bad on both ends. It wasn’t even a bad story with at least funny dialogue. To me, the story was very generic and predictable. It’s a narrative that I’ve seen countless times and I predicted almost everything to happen in it. The pacing and editing are also all over the place. It moves either too quickly or drags a bit, and there are even some scenes that felt awkward in terms of placement. Not even the comedy was all that funny in my opinion. Going back to the past two Venom movies, I thought both had quite funny moments and ended up making the experience more enjoyable for me. I don’t know what it was, but the comedy just didn’t work for me here sadly.

How is the film in the action department? Not good in the slightest. It feels so obstructed, and the camera shakes so much and is extremely difficult to see. More specifically the final battle is what I am referring to. The other fights are not great, as they have similar problems, but the final fight is the worst offender of this. I didn’t even know what was going on throughout this fight because of how disorienting it was. Even the action scenes have odd cuts that happen when an interesting moment happens, which causes the scenes to be more disorienting and not feeling as cool as they should.

There are still some positives to say about the film. Despite finding the story generic, I found the concept cool, since Morbius is a cool Marvel character mainly to the fact he’s a vampire. Jared Leto does a very good job as the titular character, and I think some of the visuals look really nice when I can see them. While I didn’t care about this movie, I still found some good things to enjoy about it.

Overall, I really didn’t like this movie. I was still hoping for a bad but very fun film, but it is just really boring. I would say to still go and check it out, however. There may be something that one might see in it that I didn’t, but this is how I felt watching this movie. It’s not the worst comic book movie I’ve seen, but it could’ve been so much more fun.