‘Morbius’ Review

By: Amanda Guarragi

The Sony Spider-verse continues to produce unique origin stories that have a darker tone. The studio has managed to create films centered on villains, who are really anti-heroes in their own standalone. It offers a refreshing look at the Marvel universe when diving into new characters that we wouldn’t have given much time to as a one-off villain in a movie. It’s actually really nice to watch a movie like Morbius amidst the MCU films because it offers a missing piece that the MCU films could also benefit from. Fortunately, Multiverse of Madness will dive into that darkness because of Sam Raimi, or else the horror elements are never really explored in the other films.

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) is a biochemist that tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease. But when his experiment goes wrong, he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead. This synopsis is exactly how linear the story is and it is not overstuffed with cameos or set up to another film (until the mid/post-credit scenes). Sure, Morbius mentions Venom, but it wasn’t forced, it was just playful. The audience is able to connect with Morbius on an emotional level because of how he was treated as a child with a rare blood disease. He was gifted as a child and wanted to cure his disease. He also wanted to help his close friend Milo, who suffered from the same thing.

Even though Jared Leto has an Academy Award, he was born to play Michael Morbius. He played the doctor and the vampire quite effortlessly. He brought the physicality when morphing into the vampire side of him and presented himself in a more reserved manner when taking on the role of the doctor. It is a Jekyll and Hyde situation, which is why I really enjoyed this. On the other side of this, Milo (Matt Smith) ends up using this serum to kill the demons from his child because he was bullied. He so desperately wants to fix the past, that he somehow destroys his future in the process it. Smith and Leto had solid chemistry and each had strong individual performances. It is sad to see that Adria Arjona had a minor role as Doctor Martine, but she really helped the audience sympathize with Morbius.

Morbius directed by Daniel Espinosa is one of the more interesting origin stories to come out. The one thing that impressed me the most above all else is the VFX work in this film. Being able to explore his power set in the way that it was visually presented made me like the character even more because it just looked so cool. Even when Morbius was morphing in and out of his vampire side it was seamless and looked great. Unfortunately, you could definitely tell that this film suffered in post-production as the story felt a bit disjointed and certain scenes were placed out of order. It wasn’t too jarring to sit through, but the simplicity of the story and cool action scenes from Morbius made for a fairly engaging origin story in the Marvel Sony-verse.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Review

By: Amanda Guarragi

Our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has been through so much. We’ve seen three different versions of this character and they’ve all made Peter Parker their own. For some reason, Tom Holland is the perfect combination of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions. Thus creating the ultimate Spider-Man that Sony and Marvel has blessed us with. Holland’s first trilogy isn’t perfect, but Spider-Man: No Way Home sure is. One of the most well-written comic book movies since Logan, in all honesty. Everything flowed together nicely, the visuals were great and the third act is something special.

My main issue with Holland’s Spider-Man is that he was always walking in the shadows of someone else. He never became his own man; his own hero and he never had a sense of identity. This is the film where we see that growth, not only as Peter Parker, but as Spider-Man. He needed a film that was just his own. Issues that he had to deal with head-on, without any other hero helping him. This was his movie, and I know that it may seem overstuffed with villains coming in from other universes but this worked. We saw the goofy kid from Queens, the tech genius, and a true hero all wrapped into one.

Never in my life would I have ever expected to see these villains come together in one spot. It has such a simple story and it was executed so well. Parker has to collect these villains and keep them in Doctor Strange’s dungeon until they are ready to send them back to their designated universes. Seeing each of them with upgraded CGI (especially Electro, sorry, Jamie Foxx) was so worth it. It’s like they all fell back into their characters and it was fantastic. Hit the perfect wave of nostalgia for this film and had plenty of references. Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin still reigns supreme and he stole the spotlight.

Spider-Man: No Way Home was perfectly balanced. Jon Watts nailed the humour and emotional moments. No emotional moment was undercut with a bad joke and that third act will make anyone cry. It’s structured in a way that you may know what’s about to happen, but then they surprise you over and over again. What a perfect third instalment to Holland’s first trilogy, I really can’t wait to see him grow as our official Spider-Man. This was truly a love letter to Peter Parker and Spider-Man, Stan Lee would have been so proud of this.


Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

This is the movie I was waiting for.

This is the Peter Parker/Spider-Man I always dreamed of.

Tom Holland is the best teenage version of this hero and I am so happy Spidey is in his hands. He has such a dorky innocence to him and he plays the character so effortlessly.

Far From Home was a perfect Spider-Man movie because it incorporated many different aspects from the comics. The script was very compact and the twists flowed extremely well. I loved that the simplicity of Peter wanting to tell MJ that he likes her was the main plot and that saving the world multiple times became the obstacle. It made sense from a teenage perspective and I thought there was a solid balance. What I appreciated was that the memory of Tony Stark didn’t overpower Parker’s Spider-Man like in Homecoming and that’s why I enjoyed it so much more. Tom Holland is his own hero now and this film truly proved that he’s capable of carrying that title, not of Iron Man but of Spider-Man.

The one aspect that stood out the most was Mysterio. Jake Gyllenhaal has easily become one of the best villains in the MCU and I am so happy that they used him to his full capability! Mysterio was an excellent choice to bring in the multiverse and a great way to bring one of the most visually stunning action scenes I’ve seen in a very long time!

This was so perfect and I know Stan and Steve would be so very proud of this film! The mid credit scene was probably my favourite one to ever exist, I audibly screamed and my entire theatre started cheering! DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE OR THE CHANCE TO WATCH IT IN 3D!