Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Ruben Fleischer
In Theaters: Oct 5, 2018
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom
Michelle Williams as Anne Weying
Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake
Scott Haze as Roland Treece
Reid Scott as Patrick Mulligan
I was extremely nervous walking into the theater with my son for Venom. Although I had been excited ever since I saw the initial teaser for the film. Mainstream critics had been ripping the movie to shreds since the review embargo had been lifted. At the time of this Review Venom is currently sitting at a 32% Critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Walking out of the theater, I'm happy to report that the Critics got this one wrong. Venom doesn't break the mold. It's not the second coming of the Dark Knight or Captain America: Civil War but, it does what it needs to do. It Establishes the Eddie Brock/Venom dynamic and proves that Sony can make an entertaining Superhero movie without Spider-Man in the lead.
Tom Hardy is the heart and soul of this film. He never phones in a scene and breathes life into Eddie Brock. He's funny, charismatic and although Eddie is more likable in the movie than the comics, he's still a bit of an asshole. The character still has the same backstory of the comic but the lens from which the character is viewed is just tilted. This version of Venom isn't a bad guy but he still takes a fall and through Venom finds a path to redemption.
There isn't a ton of action but when a fight breaks out you can clearly make out what's going on. The rules for Venom's strengths and weaknesses are well established. The movie sets clear guidelines for the audience to follow. Some of the rules are subverted by a huge plot hole. It won't ruin the movie but it dig nag me the more I thought about it. When Venom shows up in all his glory he's right off of the comic book page, san's the Spiderman logo.
My only complaint is that I would have preferred an R Rated Venom movie with slightly more action and violence. The movie is family friendly despite being pretty brutal in spots. I do wish things got amped up a bit in the instances where Venom cuts loose. I don't think any of the scenes are as violent as anything in Logan or Deadpool and I consider it a missed opportunity.
The villains are serviceable, but I wish there was more depth to them. I'm not knocking the bad guys though. This film was clearly tilted toward building Venom/Eddie and their world. Further establishment of the antagonists would have probably slowed the comfortable pace that director Ruben Fleischer was able to establish.
In closing, Venom was fun and worth the Saturday Afternoon. It moves at a brisk pace clocking in a little over an hour. It doesn't drag, its not boring. Venom is a nice blend of Superhero, comedy and even has a decent and mature love story. It's a less funny PG-13, Deadpool. It works and its succeeds in spite of being the antithesis of what you'd expect from a Venom movie. You can do a lot worst.
I believe the critics are wrong. The movie isn't terrible. On a Spiderman scale it's better than The Amazing Spider-man Movies but not as good as Spiderman Homecoming, which makes it average or slightly above.