Reporter Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, has a solid reporting job and a stable relationship with his fiancé Anne, played by Michelle Williams. However, right when it seems life is going well, Eddie runs into issues that cost him the things that are most dear to any man. Just when his life could not get any lower, Eddie catches the eye of a different admirer. A living organism from space called a “Symbiote” has crash landed on Earth, and it chooses Eddie as its perfect host. With this new strength, will Eddie Brock choose to use these powers for good? Bad? Or maybe a bit of both?
Venom is Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and some language.
Story aside, Venom sports some absolutely beautiful cinematography from beginning to end. The daytime aerial views of San Francisco paired with the nighttime shots perfectly add to the mood of Venom, especially during action scenes.
I found myself very satisfied with the special effects, along with the look of the Venom character: dark, slimy, black texture, sharp teeth, and a long, pink tongue covered in saliva. Every aspect of the antagonists’ look is straight from the comic book, boasting great color and fine detail even in his eyes.
Back and forth banter between Eddie and his new alter-ego provide for some of the better comedic moments of the film. Director Ruben Fleischer also included many “easter eggs” for hardcore fans, which allowed for some cool moments throughout the film.
What Didn’t Work:
A lot. The main problem with Venom is that it suffers from a myriad of pacing issues due to its jumbled plot. Movie-goers not familiar with the comic are going to have a tough time following along with the rapid location changes and frequent character distribution within the movie. One minute our main character is living well, only to see him struggling through life fifteen minutes later in the film.
It sports very bad dialogue paired with actors delivering lines that seemed like first takes. The film’s score by Ludwig Goransson was quiet and kind-of boring. For an Anti-Hero movie, I was expecting something more bold and edgy.
The title track “Venom” by Eminem is a really good, original hip-hop track, however.
Venom is watchable, but I would say that is definitely caters more towards the hardcore Marvel fan base. Random movie-goers are more likely to get lost in its scattered plot. However, it does have plenty of action and various scenes that definitely keep viewers interested for the two hours.
It would have been nice if the studio would have waited to incorporate some of the characters in a sequel and instead, let this movie focus strictly on Eddie, Venom, and their relationship.
What we do get, however, is an entertaining movie that I am sure will have very diverse reviews. Stay after the credits for the introduction of an important villain of Venoms. The actor portraying this particular character has to be one of the most random comic movie castings I can recall.
All in all, Venom suffers the same fate of many Comic Book or Sci-Fi movies of 2018. A rushed product that never settled down and focused on giving a fully thought-out presentation. Sadly, it seems like Marvel chose to take a page out of DC’s book this time around.