Morbius was hammered with bad reviews upon its release in theaters, and Daniel Espinosa has mixed thoughts. Starring Jared Leto, the new film establishes the actor as the newest part of Sony’s Marvel Universe, which includes Tom Hardy’s Venom movies and the upcoming Kraven the Hunter. While Morbius had a pretty good weekend at the box office with its debut, critics were almost unanimous in their disdain held for the film.
Speaking about the situation with Insider, Espinosa says he’s no stranger to criticism. He recalls an incident when he was approached by someone he didn’t know who told him how he could have made one of his movies better. It was awkward, though it wouldn’t be the first time someone had thoughts on his work. Since then, Espinosa has become pretty well accustomed to it, as there was no way to avoid it with his movies being publicly accessible.
“When I did my first feature it was a small movie called Babylon Disease. I remember one day going home on the subway and I had a few drinks so I was a bit drunk. Someone nudged me on the train and said, ‘I have to tell you what’s wrong with the second scene in your feature,’ and I was like, ‘Well, okay.’”
Espinosa admits that he can be pretty critical of his own work himself, so in a way, he understands finding faults in his films. In fact, he sees the criticism as constructive, as he always wants to get better as a filmmaker. Espinosa also says he’s proud of Morbius, as he is what all of his work.
“The point I’m making is that it’s a strange thing to make something that is so public. Look, I have a lot of self-hatred so I have a lot of criticism of my own work. I’m always trying to focus on being better. But I am also proud of what I do. There are parts in all of my movies that I’m really proud of.”
Morbius is Doing Much Better With Filmgoers Than Critics
Morbius is one of the lowest-rated Marvel movies ever made, with its 16% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes. For what it’s worth, the criticism isn’t agreed with by many of the filmgoers who went and saw the feature. Its audience score rates much higher at 70%, an astronomical difference. For those who watched the film and enjoyed it, this is another reminder that you can’t always trust the critics when it comes to what to watch.
Daniel Espinosa directed Morbius using a screenplay Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Along with Jared Leto in the lead role, the film stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images, and brief strong language.
Morbius is now playing in movie theaters everywhere after landing in the top spot at the box office with its opening weekend, drawing more than $39 million in the United States and Canada.
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