Venom - The Formal Review
Venom is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and it is the first film in Sony's Marvel Universe. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel. It stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
The Story/The Direction:
Eddie Brock (Hardy) has lost his fiance, Anne (Hardy) and his job after an interview with Carlton Drake (Ahmed) but then his life changes when he interacts with an alien symbiote whose species want to take over the planet. This symbiote gives him superpowers but also has a mind of its own. Eddie and Venom must work together to stop Drake and the other symbiotes.
The director, Fleischer, does a good job mixing laughs, gore, and energy similar to his past work in Zombieland. The action is pretty decent and keeps the film moving at a fairly quick pace. The music by Ludwig Göransson is also very well done and mixes well with the film.
The relationship between Eddie and Venom is the best part about this film and it is played brilliantly by Hardy who voices Venom as well. He is able to play this dual character similar to that of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde with dexterity. Any viewer can see his dedication to the role and that he works immensely hard. The other roles are played decently by the cast however they honestly are not given much to do.
The main flaw with this film is with its writing and the film feels very rushed. Other than the Eddie/Venom relationship, the rest are given little to no development and a viewer will not care about any of them. Even Venom's backstory is rushed and not given very much time on screen to get to know who he is. The other characters are only there to move the plot along and get to the next scene. Furthermore, this film ends up feeling very similar to that of any other superhero origin film and honestly, it checks off every cliche. The final battle is very CGI heavy and the film's finale feels odd given no explanation on why things happened the way they did.
Even though with those flaws, the film is immensely entertaining due to its quick pace. It moves very fast with its very good action scenes and Tom Hardy is great when he is on screen. Since this happens for the majority of the film, the flaws are fairly forgettable while not ignorable. The action and the film overall definitely could have benefited from an R rating to make this film much better than it was. Overall, the positives equal out the negatives and it is a fairly good time. Hopefully, this average film can be improved on in the eventual sequel.
Rating: 2.5/5.0 bowties
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