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Year : 2018 Director : Ruben Fleischer Running Time : 1 Hour 52 Minutes Genre : , ,
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Venom is the first film set within Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, basically all the Spider-Man characters without the web-swinger. This was a concern for many before going to see the movie, “How can they do Venom without Spider-Man?” many asked. Well I can tell you, not very well. However the problems in the film are not related to Spider-Man’s absence or Venom’s classic origin. Instead, the problems lie with bad story structure and characters.

Venom begins with a very boring first act, with not a lot happening. It establishes the chemistry-less relationship between Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, and Anne Weying, played by Michelle Williams. The way Michelle Williams gives a passionless performance indicates that this was most likely a paycheck film for her. The movie continues to set up the main villain Carlton Drake, played by Riz Ahmed. Drake is your standard comic book rich guy villain who is for some reason evil and without concern for human life. I actually almost feel bad for Riz Ahmed because it seemed like he wanted to give this movie his all but didn’t have a lot to work with in regards to his character.

As the film progresses it is blatantly obvious that there is only one character arc throughout the entire film, which happens to be the titular character Venom, an alien parasite who bonds with a host and gives them incredible abilities. The problem with this arc is that it is presented mostly off screen and comes in abruptly. The story progression, combined with the disinterested supporting cast and lousy dialogue, really cement this as a bad film and it truly deserves a 4/10.

Now that that is out of the way, ignore everything I just said and go see Venom. I had some of the most fun I have had in a movie theater since Thor: Ragnarok. Seriously, if you ignore all the bad things about the film and sit back and just watch, Venom is a blast!

As I mentioned above, the supporting cast wasn’t good. But, Tom Hardy was incredible as Eddie Brock/Venom. He gave it his all. Tom Hardy, who also supplies the voice of Venom, creates an exciting and very silly and funny atmosphere that really closely resembles a Deadpool film. A common criticism to the film was that it was struggling to find a tone to settle on, I disagree and think that people watching it didn’t understand it was a dark humor silly film which they nailed.

When Venom bonds with Eddie Brock, they start to have develop sort of a friendship that is so funny. The relationship blooms into a Lethal Weapon kind of vibe. They have hilarious back and forth that had me dying laughing in the theater.

Overall the movie, however not very good, was a extremely entertaining and I cannot thank Tom Hardy enough for turning what would have been a bad movie into a good bad movie. Go see Venom and just sit back and enjoy the dark and silly great time that is Venom!

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