Venom is a movie that has been in the back of everybody’s minds for over a year now – not quite at the level of being “hyped” but we all knew it was coming out and there was mild interest from just about everyone out there who enjoys a good super hero romp. Then the critics came out and posted their thoughts on this movie, and like a stone dropping into the ocean expectations plummeted. However, after seeing the Tom Hardy led movie, I have to ask myself, “Why is this hated on?” Venom was actually pretty fun!
The movie does start out slow – beginning with a ship crashing to earth and bringing the symbiotes to our planet. There is a lot of exposition explaining why we should like Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, and why we should hate Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake. From there the film continues to drag on showing why the suave Eddie Brock went from respected journalist to jobless looser – and it continues down this path a little bit too long. However, just as I was about to give up on this movie the symbiotic Venom is finally introduced and things kick into high gear really fast.
The action in this movie it very high octane. And while I do agree that it would have been better if given R rated violence , it is not completely necessary. We still get to see bodies get thrown around, and Venom eating the heads of multiple people – so still satisfying. The CGI fights are not terrible, and the stunt work is pretty good. If you are into watching monsters fight, and watching bad guys get destroyed then you’ll probably enjoy Venom.
Now, do know that this is not a perfect film. The editors on this movie definitely need to be fired from every making a movie again, Michelle Williams’s character as Anne Weying is pointless – no need for her at all, and the dialogue was some of the cheesiest I have heard all year (it’s actually pretty bad). But, Venom manages to bring a dynamic relationship between symbiote and host that ended up being better than I had anticipated. In fact, second to the action scenes, I would say Eddie’s relationship with Venom is what makes this movie work so well. Their Jekyll and Hyde dynamic is funny, and endearing in most scenes.
Venom is not the next Avengers movie nor the next big Batman movie, but it doesn’t try to be. Comparing it to films that we have been getting from Marvel lately is an unfair comparison. This movie’s tone and style harkens back to superhero movies that Marvel and Sony were putting out in the early and mid-2000’s. In fact I found many similarities between Venom and 2008’s The Incredible Hulk that stared Edward Norton – not a masterpiece of a movie but fun to watch things get smashed by a giant CGI monster.
In summary, if this was a movie that you have been looking forward to then don’t be dissuaded by the critics – go out and see Venom. Yes the editing is really bad, yes the dialog is really bad, but if you liked the comic book movies put out by Marvel and Sony in the early and mid-2000’s, like The Incredible Hulk and the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, then you’ll enjoy Venom.
Not everyone is going to like this movie. However, I think everyone can agree that this is by far the better Venom character between this movie and the one we got in the 2007 movie Spider-Man 3.
I am going to give Venom a score of 6.8/10 – points off for the atrocious film making aspects, but it passes due to being entertaining.
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