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

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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

Tom Hardy Cast As Eddie Brock In Sony’s ‘Venom’

Right out of nowhere this evening, Sony tweeted an announcement that Tom Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock, aka Venom, in next year’s ‘Venom’ film. 

It’s also been confirmed that ‘Venom’ will kick star Sony’s own Marvel Universe, which will have no connection to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe – but with the rights to Spider-Man tied in a contract with both Sony and Disney, we still don’t know if we will see the web slinger go up against Hardy’s Venom. 

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has signed on as the director, with Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, and Avi Arad producing. Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) will write the script. 

‘Venom’ will be the second comic book film that Hardy will star in, after his memorable appearance as masked villain, Bane, in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. 

‘Venom’ is scheduled for release October 5th 2018

Margot Robbie Confirmed As Lead In Marian – Sony’s Robin Hood Spin-Off

Yesterday it was confirmed that Margot Robbie has been cast in the lead role of Marian in a Robin Hood spin-off based on the maiden’s life following the death of her husband. Robbie, who is currently filming ‘I, Tonya’, has been confirmed for a handful of other upcoming films including ‘Gotham City Sirens’, ‘Terminal, an untitled film about ‘Winnie the Pooh’ author A.A Milne, so it’s safe to say we will be seeing plenty of her over the next couple of years. 

The plot to Sony’s ‘Marian’ is reportedly: After a conspiracy to conquer England in which the love of her life Robin Hood dies before her eyes, Marian picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war. She comes to power, charging into a battle that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom but will see her don the mantle of the man she loved. In the process, she rises as a legend herself.

I think it’s fair to say that this story will show Maid Marian as we’ve never seen her before, with Deadline reporting that the film will be “‘Braveheart meets ‘Game of Thrones'”. As of yet the there is no director attached to the film, but we do know that Pete Barry will be writing the script. From the sounds of it we can expect Marian to kick all kinds of ass and I’m looking forward to seeing where Pete Barry goes with this story. 

To clear up any confusion, this is not in anyway connected to the Lionsgate’s 2018 ‘Robin Hood’, which will star Taron Egerton, Jamie Fox, Tim Minchin, Jamie Dornan, and Ben Medelsohn. Some sites are reporting that there are other studios working on Robin Hood related films too, so prepare yourselves to see a lot of the man (hopefully not) in green tights over the next few years. 

What’re your thoughts on this announcement? Who do you think would be great to direct this “Braveheart meets Game of Thrones” film?

Written by Tom Sheffield

Zendaya Cast In Spider-Man Reboot

So, Spider-Man is getting ANOTHER reboot. Personally, we were rather happy with Andrew Garfield and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ franchise and wanted a third film from that particular incarnation. But, with Spider-Man joining up with the Avengers, young actor Tom Holland has taken the up the mantle and is set for his solo Spider-Man movie next year after being introduced in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ later this year.

News broke recently that actress and singer Zendaya (pictured) has been cast alongside Holland for the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man reboot in a role which is being kept kinda secret right now. Official sources claim that Zendaya is not playing a love interest for Peter Parker, nor is she taking on a lead role, but that she may well play a big part in the franchise’s future. 

What do you think of the whole Spider-Man reboot? And are you happy to see Zendaya join the cast? Let us know your thoughts.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Venom Project Going Ahead

Despite handing over Spider-Man to Marvel, Sony are pushing ahead with plans for a Venom spin-off movie. It was presumed that with Spider-Man leaving the studio to join the Avengers, that the proposed Venom project would be scrapped, but Sony have confirmed that they will release the Venom movie as a stand-alone effort with no Spidey in sight.

The news was met with apprehension by just about everyone, with Sony losing support rapidly over their handling of other projects. What do you think, will Venom be a worthwhile film without Spider-Man? Can Sony pull off this exciting yet tricky character? Let us know your thoughts.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes 

Jump Street – MIB Crossover Will Happen

It has been speculated for months, but Sony have today confirmed that their ’21 Jump Street’ series will intertwine with the world of ‘Men In Black’. After the Sony e-mail hacking, it was revealed that plans were in place to produce a crossover of the two popular franchises, and now the wheels are officially in motion to get it to the big screen. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are set to reprise their roles for the project.

Also on the way, is a female-led ‘Jump Street’ spin off, with Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs hired to write the script. Dakota Johnson, who appeared in ’21 Jump Street’ before jetting off to ‘Fifty Shades’ fame, could be part of the female driven project but nothing has been confirmed.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Leonardo of Loxley?

I bet you’ve all been thinking recently; “I need a new Robin Hood movie in my life”, right? Well you lucky devils might just be treated to three. With Disney developing a script titled ‘Nottingham & Hood’, and Sony looking to form its own Robin Hood universe with Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott’s ‘Hood’ project, is there really room for a third guest at an already bustling party? When you’re Leonardo DiCaprio, there’s always room.

Leo has paired up with Joby Harold, whose recent works include writing for ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ and the upcoming Guy Ritchie flick ‘Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur’, to develop a script. Despite Harold’s strong links with Warner Bros on both projects, it seems Leo is keen to take the film to Sony, who would surely have to choose between their current commitment on the ‘Hood’ project and DiCaprio’s new venture, titled ‘Robin Hood: Origins’.

But with a franchise-tempting title and the prospect of a DiCaprio driven project, it is hard to imagine any production house resisting. Especially if they can get Leo to pick up the bow and arrow himself.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes