‘Morbius’ director reacts to negative reviews of his film
Most Marvel movies are known for balancing crowd-pleasing superhero action with critically acclaimed character development. But outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, installments tend to be more random. After Venom became a surprise hit for Sony’s Spider-Man universe, the studio was eager to bring another Spidey villain to life – Jared Leto’s Morbius. Unfortunately, Morbius‘ the reviews are pretty scathing – the film currently holds a score of 16% on rotten tomatoes.
Asked by Initiated on how he feels about the backlash from critics Morbiusdirector Daniel Espinosa responded with an anecdote that took place after the release of his first film, Babylon disease. He was walking home on the subway after a few drinks when a stranger caught his eye. “Someone nudged me on the train and said, ‘I have to tell you what’s wrong with the second scene of your feature film,’ and I was like, ‘Well , okay,'” Espinosa recalled. “I mean, it’s a weird thing to do something that’s so public.”
It’s true that anything in film and television — like an actor’s performance or a director’s vision — gets more criticism than most career paths. While it’s one thing to receive feedback from a boss or supervisor, it’s another thing to have your work rated by dozens of critics — and millions of moviegoers.
Espinosa continued, “Look, I have a lot of self-hate, so I have a lot of criticism of my own work. I’m always trying to focus on being better. But I’m also proud of what I’m doing. There are things in all my movies that I’m really proud of.
Morbius now playing in theaters.
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