Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed
Ever since I went to see Spiderman 3, I’ve been waiting for Sony to grant Venom a second chance and give the character a stand-alone film. And, after writing two articles on the trailers, Venom is finally here!
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who is assigned an interview with Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the CEO of the ‘Life Foundation’. After finding out that Carlton is experimenting on people by combining them with alien symbiotes, Eddie accidentally becomes intertwined with one of the symbiotes named Venom.
When the film was released it was met with critical slating, saying that the film’s tone was odd and uneven and that, overall, it wasn’t very good. However, I am in the minority. Venom is nowhere near as bad as critics are saying.
Tom Hardy was great as Eddie Brock and the voice of Venom; their interactions with each other was the biggest highlight of the film. It also brought in a lot of humour that blended in effectively with the visuals; most of it came from Venom’s dialogue, as he reacted to each scenario, as well as Eddie’s dialogue and actions towards this unfamiliar creature.
The soundtrack and score were also fantastic, bringing in a mixture of classical music, hip-hop and rock, all of which suited the film’s tone and story. Venom wouldn’t have looked out of place if it had been released in 2005, and while some people would see this as a problem, I personally didn’t; the presentation of the film worked for the most part.
Unfortunately, the first act’s tone and pacing was a little uneven and seemed ‘uncomfortable’ with setting the story up. However, once Venom was introduced, these aspects improved and the film flowed a lot better than it did in the first act. Another issue I had was with the CGI. Throughout most of the film, it was fantastic and Venom’s portrayal was very accurate to the comic books, which I loved. However, the CGI was extremely dodgy and hard to follow in the third act so, unfortunately, it wasn’t consistent.
Overall, Venom was entertaining, funny and a lot of fun. It is not as bad as initial reviews have been saying and, if you are still interested in seeing it, then I would recommend it.