After a spacecraft crash, The Life Foundation hunts down a missing alien symbiote and its new host, Eddie Brock.
Typical Flaws but;
Solid Score. Unique Acting;
Make This Movie Fun.
There has been a lot of heat thrown the way of Venom. You will see Rotten Tomatoes scores, sitting next to scores from A Star is Born. You will see people comparing Venom to movies you do not care for one bit. This is all perfectly acceptable, as Venom is not on the level of Logan or The Dark Knight. This movie is not meant to be viewed in the same way. Sure, there are Oscar-caliber talent involved (Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams), but Venom is nothing even close to being looked at by the Academy. Manage these expectations and Venom should not disappoint you.
The story takes a bit of time getting to the fun part, which is my major complaint with the movie. Seeing how this movie dives into almost every typical comic book movie flaw, you should not be surprised (or consider this a spoiler) that the movie ends and perfectly sets us up for a sequel…and not only that, but a sequel that most people were hoping would have been the first one. This surely is not the first time that has happened.
The score and sound were very impressive. I was surprised that these stood out to me, as many comic book movies will treat them as a throwaway. The score kept me engaged and perfectly captured the mood of the movie. This small, yet important detail should not be overlooked.
Tom Hardy continues to show audiences why he is one of the most talented actors in the world. His choices are constantly interesting and unique. He uses facial expressions in conjunction with body language that convey more than most can with their words. This is all present, here in Venom. There is some dark comedy between the symbiote and Eddie Brock that makes me believe that Tom Hardy elevated this movie from being another below-average comic book movie to being a fun, accessible, worth-while ride.
You may see the Grade given, also think about the other reviews you have seen/read, then decide not to see this movie, or decide to wait for the home release. I would recommend people to see this movie in the theater, if you’re a comic book fan of any sort. There will be a plethora of overly serious, intense, dramatic movies releasing in the coming months…do yourself a favor and have rip-roaring good time at the movies.