Last years Spider-Man: No Way Home was an incredible achievement to tell that brought together three generations of the famous webhead. Not only that, but it has been one of the most successful films any times. Given this critical and financial win, many might see it as a sign that Sony Pictures could be back on track with its own Spider-Man plans, of which the next will be disease.
In the Jared Leto-directed film, Doctor Michael Morbius accidentally turns into a vampire after trying to cure his rare blood disorder. The character was originally known as one of Spidey’s many foes in his vast rogue gallery – although, Don’t expect red and blue spandex here.
However, the biggest question is: it will be good? Well, the blunt answer? No not true.
Let’s get straight to the point: the marketing of this film was ethically questionable at best. Sony added references to each live-action Spider-Man, but most of them didn’t make it into the final product; no Tobey Maguire graffiti or Oscorp building are two such examples.
A reference that made it was with Tom Hardy poisonbut it doesn’t make any logical sense as Michael Morbius had no idea what he was quoting was ever said.
It’s pretty obvious that the studio wanted to put all of these references in the trailers to draw viewers to the theaters, and not because any of it fitted with the story being told. So if that was the reason for anyone to look at the project at all, maybe it would be better to save the gas.
A story that doesn’t get stuck
As for the film itself, the story moves at a fast pace; to a mistake. The narrative meanders past each plot point, never giving enough time to absorb anything. Many character motivations and relationships are momentarily altered because of this, causing people to make choices that don’t make much sense.
Watching the film almost felt like sitting in a fog – nothing stuck. The story being told went through the usual motions, but absolutely none of it had any effect.
If the audience was hoping for an increase in quality compared to Sony’s previous entries, poison and Venom: Let there be carnage, you will not find any here; That’s sad because the bar isn’t very high to begin with. But there’s no harm in dreaming.
Morbius the heroic vampire
To be honest, Jared Leto as the main actor is just okay. There is nothing really bad about its performancebut there is nothing remarkable either.
While the character in the comics has malevolent origins, there is nothing evil about Michael Morbius here. Sure, he may participate in questionable science, but it’s clear he’s not a bad guy — which makes it harder ever see him face off against a Spider-Man; why would he want that?
Comparing Morbius to what was done to Tom Hardy’s Venom character, while the symbiote is portrayed as the hero of the story, it still retains enough of its villain roots to keep it firmly in that anti-hero category. However, Leto’s hero never tends to be a villain – everything terrible he does in the story is due to a lack of control and not a conscious choice on his part.
The side players
Leto is not alone in his struggles. Next to him is Doctor Martine Bancroft, played by Adria Arjona. Unfortunately, for anyone looking for deep character, this isn’t the place.
That doesn’t detract from Arjona’s performance – the actress makes the best of what she’s given. Unfortunately, in the end, their purpose is just to provide reconnaissance, help Morbius when needed, and be the damsel in distress.
Then there’s Tyrese Gibson and Al Madrigal, both of whom play FBI officers investigating the strange happenings throughout the film. Not only are they terrible at their job, but the two could have been taken out of the film entirely and absolutely nothing would have been lost. Everything would have gone the same way.
Matt Smith vs. The Script
Matt Smith plays a character named Milo, who eventually becomes the film’s villain. He’s not a direct adaptation by anyone from any comic book source material, but bears some similarities to Loxia’s Crown.
Smith is a fantastic actor, and he shows it time and time again. But just don’t take that performance or that character as an example of his talents. The whole fault here, however, goes to the letter and the instruction given to it; his antagonist just isn’t good.
The story was keen for viewers to connect with him and his relationship with Michael Morbius. However, not enough time and attention was given. Instead, everything was rushed into play, causing the characters to make drastic decisions simply because the plot called for it.
The vampiric effects
Before you get to the bad stuff, it’s important to give credit where credit is due. The fluid way Morbius moves in action, with the subtle plumes of smoke that follow him, was a fantastic choice that made his skills visually appealing to audiences.
Likewise, The design of Morbius is fantastic. Jared Leto’s vampiric personality looks amazing; The catch is that the feeling only lasts for a small fraction of the time it’s on screen.
The special effects end up failing more often than they succeed. The vampire faces can look really silly and make it difficult to remember any tension or danger the story is trying to create.
The nonsensical conclusion
disease is filled to the brim with generic mediocrity, with more than a few straight bumps in the road. But the last act is where it breaks down the hardest.
It’s hard to see what happened in any of the final action sequences as they played out on screen. It’s hard to make out what the setting was or what was even happening as the characters dealt punches. It was all just an uninterpretable and bombastic set piece.
To top it off, certain events happened that seemed out of the blue and also had no logistical support in the previous hour plus screen time. What was meant to be a moment of triumph ended in immense confusion.
Sony Pictures is lashing out
It might seem odd to focus on the post-credits scene for a full film review, but it’s absolutely necessary here. You are terrible.
There are two scenes Just after the credits begin. The first makes no logistical sense at all and shows that the powerful might not even have seen their past Marvel projects.
The second is more than the worst. It felt like it was written by a six-year-old — and it’s not worth mincing because it’s just so bad. Aside from the writing being abysmal, the logistical issues also shine here.
They will make many fans tear their hair out.
It’s all a very clear indication that Sony Pictures has no idea what they’re doing with their Spider-Man properties. It would not be surprising if a more serious review of the future plans of the studios may be in the cards.
A frustrating disappointment
Despite all the harsh words, it’s not the worst piece of cinema to see on the big screen. However, it is immensely frustrating and ultimately an unforgettable experience. That is, apart from those insanely bad after-credits scenes that will have you scratching your eyeballs out.
Having seen the film just hours ago, the experience is already fading from my memory; something I’m sure many listeners will relate to here in the next few days.
It’s sad that Sony Pictures can’t seem to get any of their live-action projects right without the guiding hand of Marvel Studios. Maybe it’s time they gave in and took advice from creative teams who know what they’re doing.
Needless to say, this excursion is unlikely to wow people what’s next in Sony’s Spider-Man universe– still many people will be asking for more from the Living Vampire.
disease hits theaters worldwide on April 1.