'Venom' Review

Updated on December 13, 2018
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Venom is a 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film was produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and Tencent Pictures. Venom was directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel. It stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.

Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake's experiments, Eddie's body merges with the symbiote Venom. This gives him superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark, and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie now has.

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In glad to say Venom wasn't as bad as most critics say, but this was a disappointment nonetheless. The entire film just felt off. It felt rushed and forced.

I was pretty excited for Venom. I thought Tom Hardy was the perfect actor to bring Venom to life, but I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. I didn't think the film was a complete waste of my time, but I can't help feeling a little upset. They did a lot of things well, but they mess up so much. It seemed as if every step forward they took sent them two steps back. The film never seemed able to get a distinctive voice. It wanted to be so many things, but it turned out to just be a rushed mess.

Every time the film looked as if it was building momentum, it was instantly knocked back down. What frustrates me the most is the amount of potential the film had. It feels like a bad novel adaptation. They get all the key moments, but leave out what makes them special.

Venom isn't a terrible movie. I laughed a few times, some of the action scenes were great, and I was interested enough to finish it, but it's not great. Venom is just an alright film.

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I thought Tom Hardy was the perfect actor to bring Venom to life. Although he didn't do as good as I would have liked (due to the script), I still thought he did a pretty good job. I thought Michelle Williams did a great job, and at times she was the best part of the film. I thought she had great chemistry with Tom Hardy, and she somehow managed to bring life to a less-than-great character. I did, however, have a problem with Riz Ahmed. I think it had more to do with his character than with him. I like Riz Ahmed as an actor, but I really didn't enjoy him in this film, again I think it had more to do with the character and dialogue than with his acting ability.

Everyone else was good. It's exactly what you expect from a superhero film.

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The plot is where the film really starts to suffer. I liked the opening scene, but from there you can tell the film doesn't really know what it wants to be. At times, it feels like an action horror film, but then they force in the comedy and knock it off track.

This is a very linear story, but somehow it still feels like it's jumping from point to point. The film has an absolutely terrible villain (both of them). He really damages the story.

The villian is this billionaire scientist Carlton Drake. I thought the biggest problem with the character is that he never feels real. He doesn't really have a motive for what he does. In one part of the film, he compared himself to God. He feels like a billionaire corporate villian, but he acts like an obsessed mad scientist. They never try to develop his character, so he's left feeling like a clichéd generic bad guy. Riot is also a villian in the film. He doesn't play a huge role until the end, but he is still better than Carlton Drake. He has a very clear goal. They should of focused on Riot more, and made him the primary villain.

Another thing that really felt off was Eddie Brock. The tried to make him this anti-hero, but it didn't work. This is one main reasons I thought Tom Hardy would be perfect for the role. But he never feels like an anti-hero. He feels like a nice guy down in his luck that gets caught in the middle of something. If anything, he feels more like a victim.

One of my favorite parts is when Eddie goes back to his old job, and he and Venom fight off the SWAT.

I thought this was a great scene, and it really showcased the potential the film had. Unfortunately the entire film was littered with problems.

I loved the interactions between Eddie and Venom. From the moment Eddie starts hearing voices to the end. They were funny to watch, but their relationship wasn't developed nearly as much as it should have.

They never really explained why Venom decided to stay on earth. Spoiler ahead, in the end Venom sacrifices his life for Eddie, but this moment is ruined because the relationship isn't developed. This could of been a very powerful moment, but instead it feels just like the rest of the film, rushed.

A decent plot is ruined by a lack of development. Although it's not terrible, it feels very rushed, and the film suffers because of it.

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The score was decent, nothing special. I liked Eminem's Venom, but other than that the score was pretty standard.

I thought the CGI was good. I did look a little cartoonish at times, but it seemed to fit the tone.

There are some actual great shots in the film. The fight between Venom and Riot looked great at times. Especially when the two started to infuse.

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This is ultimately a very disappointing film that had the potential to be so much more. The lack of development, lack of a clear direction and tone, and a terrible villain all make this film suffer.

I didn't think Venom was great, but I also didn't think it was terrible. It had a ton of room for improvement, but it somehow finds a way to keep you interested to the end.

I thought that if they would have added another 30 minutes to develop the story more, this could of been a truly great film.

Venom is OK, just OK.

3 stars for Venom

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