REVIEW: Venom

Year: 2018
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed

Written by Megan Williams

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.

MEGAN’S RATING:

4

New ‘Venom’ Trailer | Megan’s Thoughts

Written by Megan Williams

Back in May, I wrote an article on the first full-length trailer for the solo Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy, and to say I’m excited for this film is an understatement: I grew up reading the ‘Lethal Protector’ series as well as the original and ‘Ultimate Spiderman’ story arc. Next to Spiderman, Venom is my favourite Marvel character. And it looks like the final trailer has now been released, showing us more of the symbiote, including footage of him talking more and giving us more of the plotline. Venom seems to act and talk like he did in the 90’s comics, which, while I’m glad to see that, I don’t know whether this will translate well to the overall film.

While we’re on the topic of talking, I’m getting déjà vu: I’m remembering when The Dark Knight Rises came out and not being able to understand what Bane was saying (also played by Tom Hardy)…Yes, we have the same problem again except, this time, with Venom. While the voice isn’t as bad as Bane, I still had to re-watch a couple of scenes in the trailer because I didn’t understand what was being said.

The trailer also shows us another symbiote that I suspect is either Carnage or Riot (Riot is one of five symbiotes that was spawned from Venom via experiments done by the Life Foundation-a storyline that was introduced in the ‘Lethal Protector’ comic series), meaning that this will probably feature multiple symbiotic characters. This could either be disastrous (Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 anyone?) or it could work. It all depends on how the film handles this, in terms of pacing and screen-time per character.

There are a few moments in the trailer where the CGI looks extremely dodgy, especially in the final shot with Venom and maybe-Riot. However, I don’t know whether the visual effects for the film have been completed or not; it could still be slightly incomplete (I’m more telling myself this though!).

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As well as a new trailer being released, Sony has also revealed the international poster and it. IS. AWESOME! Take a look below:

It’s a lot better than the previous one, which looked like a bad fan-made poster.

Overall, I’m still on-board with this film and I still can’t wait for it. However, I do think some of Venom’s dialogue needs to be tweaked a little to make it sound slightly more clearer, and I’m hoping a couple of the CGI shots are incomplete because they look a little dodgy and cartoonish at the moment.

On a final note, I think I’ve found the most terrifying still from the trailer:

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Venom Is Unleashed In Final Trailer

“One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.”

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

First Trailer For Western-Comedy ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Hits The Mark

“In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.”

Directed by:  Jacques Audiard

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed

Release Date: TBA

‘Venom’ Trailer: Megan’s Thoughts

Written by Megan Williams

In February, the teaser trailer for Sony’s ‘Venom’ film was released and was met with complete outrage because Venom wasn’t featured in it at all. While I mostly liked the teaser, I will admit that I was slightly disappointed that it didn’t show even a small glimpse of the symbiotic anti-hero, and it did make me nervous regarding the character’s appearance and how Sony would handle it. Well, those worries have now been laid to rest because a full-length trailer has been released; giving us our first proper look at Venom-and it is glorious!

It seems like Sony have learnt their lesson from the abomination that was the ‘Spiderman 3’ portrayal of Venom: the voice and look of the character is extremely faithful to the comics and even to the 90’s cartoon. I also like that Venom refers to himself as ‘we’; it’s a small but important character detail, and it shows that Sony wants to portray the character correctly this time.

I thought this when the casting was first announced and my opinion still stands now: Tom Hardy is perfect casting for Eddie Brock/Venom, and I think he’ll be fantastic in the film. However, I still don’t know how Tom Holland is going to fit into this, if the rumours of his appearance in the film are true. It looks like the film is mainly influenced by Venom’s story arc in the ‘Ultimate Spiderman’ comics: the idea that people are undergoing symbiote experiments is loosely based on a plot line that the ‘Ultimate’ comics did, and it was the cause of Venom’s birth. If the film is going to go down this route then maybe Venom won’t have the spider symbol on his chest? As for Tom Holland, my guess is that he’ll appear in the background or in an end credits scene after the main film has taken place.

I only have two negative things to say about the trailer: the first one is the way one of the characters pronounces symbiote (she pronounces it as ‘syBYEote’), which, while it annoys me, is very nit-picky. The other thing that worries me is whether the shots with Venom are from the third act only; I’m hoping Venom gets introduced in the second act, allowing us to see more of him and Eddie Brock, and not just Eddie Brock on his own. As well as this, I’m hoping the final shot of the trailer is not the final shot of the film. Hopefully Sony has learnt their lesson from ‘Amazing Spiderman 2’, where the last shot of that film’s trailer was actually the final shot of the whole film.

Overall, I’m really looking forward to ‘Venom’; it’s actually my most anticipated film of this year and, after seeing this trailer, my excitement has grown even more so than it did beforehand.

The plot is unknown as of writing.

You can watch the full trailer here

Venom’ will be in cinemas on the 5th October.

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Cast:
 Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

Meet Venom In A Brand New Trailer!

“One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.”

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

First Teaser For ‘Venom’ Has Arrived!

“One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.”

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

First Rogue One Reactions Hit The Web

We are just days away from one of the most anticipated films of the year being released, and after the premiere in Hollywood last night celebrities, critics and bloggers alike took to social media to share their reactions to ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’.

If their tweets are anything to go by then Star Wars fans will not be disappointed with this spin-off, with some reactions even going as far as placing ‘Rogue One’ in the top 3 best Star Wars films. Gareth Edwards is receiving high praise , as are the entire cast for their performances, with Donnie Yen and Felicity Jones getting some special mentions.

The embargo for ‘Rogue One’ lifts on Tuesday, meaning reviews hit the web 2 days before the film is released here in the UK. Some of the lucky people who attended the premiere have recommended avoiding reviews and tweets until you’ve seen the film for yourself as there are lots of incredible scenes that could easily be ruined or spoiled for you, so browse social media at your own risk.  

I have my ticket booked for the IMAX midnight showing and so have no intention of reading these reviews until after I’ve seen it, but hearing the film get such an overwhelming reception at it’s premiere is incredibly exciting! With ‘Rogue One’ looking like a strong start to the future of Star Wars spin-offs, we can soon start getting even more excited about the untitled ‘Han Solo’ movie which will star Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke, which is slated for a 2018 release. 

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