With a few notable exceptions, the history of contemporary cinema has almost no great vampire movies. Unfortunately, Morbius (21%) it is one of those that fails to understand its protagonist. Beyond the fact that it neglects the essence of those fascinating fictional creatures, which have been reimagined in the medium for as long as it has existed, the film by daniel espinosa He doesn’t make it clear what kind of story he wants to tell.
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Morbius is the story of the doctor of the same name played by Jared Leto. Afflicted by a genetic disease that forces him to receive constant blood transfusions, the scientist stumbles upon a sinister serum that, by altering his DNA with that of bats, restores him to health. However, the upgrade comes with the side effect of becoming a monster and the need to drink human blood to survive.
The problem that sinks this film is that the writers never understood or knew how to express what the protagonist is looking for and, therefore, does not lead him along a path of transformation that satisfies him or the viewer. While Leto does his best to dig into it, the shallowness of the script prevents further exploration of his character. The winner is, ironically, matt smith as the villain, because the actor gives himself with pleasure, great style and without minor modesty to the viciousness of his character. Even despite a laughable sequence in which he dances while getting dressed, the Brit’s charisma even shines with some sensuality.
It is the poor construction of the plot that keeps the public at a great distance from becoming attached or less understanding of the doctor. This happens because Morbius (21%) it is much more concerned with fulfilling the requirements, to call them that, of superhero cinema than with exploring its main character. Yes, the film has an antagonist, one who is the other side of the hero’s coin; it has action scenes and special effects; which are somewhat frantic; but it does not have an arc for its protagonist, nor one that connects their conflict with the development of the plot.
The conflict, which is present from the end of the first act, is that Morbius he will die if he doesn’t consume human blood, but he doesn’t want to have to kill people to survive. A classic if not hackneyed dilemma of vampire fiction. When Milo (Smith), his childhood best friend, and who suffered from the same disease as him, submits to his serum and also becomes a fearsome vampire, he must stop him since he does give in to his thirst without much concern. moral.
Without spoiling the plot for you, by the time the finale comes that conflict remains unresolved. The film never gives Morbius an alternative to his need to drink human blood because, we already refer to this when we say that the film is not clear, for its second half it is much more interested in putting him to fight against Milo. It turns without any brake towards a plot traced from any other superhero installment. Thus, both the script and the character forget to resolve that point by giving in to the formula of the action subgenre. The result is a story that is insipid at best and boring at worst. And it is not that both cannot be mixed, perhaps Blade II (59%) is the best proof that it is possible to balance these elements, but that never seemed to interest the director and the writers of this production.
This is exactly what happens with the saga of Twilight (48%), where elements of vampire mythology are put to the service of a teenage romance. But even worse, since in Espinosa’s film they are simply left aside. Not even mentioning that the script of Morbius it also delivers large amounts of exposure in the crudest way relative to serum. Just to hope that when it came to showing off the protagonist’s powers, that has worked to make them seem cohesive rather than completely arbitrary and almost fantastical in nature.
More than a movie about vampires or a vampire superhero, Morbius (21%) it is rather a kind of Frankenstein’s monster that never gets to take its first breath. If this was the second step for the universe of Venom (35%), it seems that whoever is the next character to arrive in the saga will have expectations on the ground, which of less is already gain. The film is already in theaters and has two post-credits scenes in case you want to stay until the end.
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