Venom is the first in a line of Sony Pictures that are ‘Spider-Man‘ spin-off movies, without the web-slinger himself. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film takes inspiration from the ‘Venom: Lethal Protector’ story-arc from Marvel Comics.
Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) has it all. He has a hit news show, a beautiful lawyer fiancee named Anne (Michelle Williams), and uses his media outlet as a way to help the ‘little guy.’ He is given the opportunity to interview Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), CEO of the Life Foundation. They are exploring space and recently one of their rockets crashed to the earth.
Eddie’s fiancee represents Drake’s company and he hacks into her computer, finding out that several people are suing the Life Foundation for family members that have died under mysterious circumstance. When he confronts Drake, Eddie gets himself and his fiancee fired. Anne leaves him and he begins a downward spiral.
Six months later, he makes contact with one of Drake’s scientists, Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate). She sneaks Eddie into the lab and he comes into contact with a symbiote. It calls itself Venom and it is hungry.
This is a fun movie. It is a thrill ride from beginning to end, especially with the action. While Venom does look like a CGI creature, the special effects involved in it are spot on for this kind of film. It is enjoyable and while it was not as scary as the trailer let on, I did think it had a couple of “jump scares” that kept me interested.
While I did enjoy it, I have to admit, I do not think it will be a memorable film. It lacks the character development of any of the films in the MCU and any sort of depth. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of Spider-Man influence. Spider-Man is the reason Venom is a villain. When the two decide to have a ‘truce,’ that is what starts Brock on his path as an anti-hero. Without that jump, they had to rely on Brock’s desire to do good to change Venom from a flesh-eating alien to a mischievous do-gooder. It was a somewhat difficult thing to believe in such a short amount of time.
I will praise Tom Hardy. He does an excellent job as both Brock and Venom. Unlike the early comic books where Venom is more of a silent influencer, the symbiote seems to be a second voice that Eddie can converse with and plan a strategy.
It is difficult to peg Venom. Some really enjoyed it and others thought it was a somewhat pointless waste of time. I will respectively disagree because the movie does not try to be a deep film. It is completely self-aware in its status and I think that is why it is fun.
FAVORITE QUOTE: The way WE see it, WE can do whatever WE want.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Foul language
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