Another film in which Tom Hardy’s face is covered at least part of the time…sigh…That being said, I went into this one with little to no expectations. Not being a Marvel or superhero film fan in the least Venom, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less), was certainly not on the top of my list of must sees. And surprise, surprise, I found myself actually entertained. Wonders never cease.
The film was critcally panned and it really does not deserve that. It is a lot better than many comic book/superhero films I have seen (but once again I am no expert in the genre). I am just looking at it from a story, dialogue, direction, action, and visuals point of view. There is no attachment to the character and how he appeared on the page.
Reporter Eddie Brook (Tom Hardy – Inception, Mad Max: Fury Road) has made his career out of going big or going home. An investigative reporter he has made several enemies along the way and his latest target is the Life Foundation and its brilliant director, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed – Rogue One, Nightcrawler). He is digging and asking questions which are not appreciated. This not only gets him fired by his television station, but also ends up with his fiance/lawyer, Anne (Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine) out of a job as well.
Not one to let things go, Eddie is approached by Life Foundation scientist, Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate – The Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me 3) with some information which might break the story wide open and prove he was right all along about Drake. A twist in the whole proceedings is that Eddie finds he has been meshed with an alien symbiote that calls itself Venom.
Entertainment and fun are what this Marvel film is about. Which might surprise some as this could have been a rather dark film. There are dark moments and plenty of dark cinematography. But for the most part Venom is filled with laughs and a rather lighthearted approach.
At the heart of it all is the link between human and alien. Though they are thrown together and fight it initially, after a rather short amount of time the two grow rather attached to the other and even protective. This relationship requires plenty of Tom Hardy and he delivers in spades. Though this should not come as a surprise as he has shown over and over that he has plenty of talent and can play a wide variety of characters.
Not your typical Marvel film and that is kinda what I like about it. First, Venom is an anti-hero. Certainly not a clear cut good guy. Which in my opinion makes the character more interesting. Certainly does not follow the usual tired old formula.
On the downside, the way women are portrayed here is not great. Some of the visuals made my eyes hurt. Then there are the pacing issues and plot holes. All those things can be acknowledged though the film is still a fun watch.
-Venom by Eminem – Music Video
-Sunflower by Post Malone, Swae Lee (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
-Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sneak Peek
-Previews of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Alpha, The Front Runner, The Girl in the Spider Web, Searching