Poorly Understood and Characterized | Review of ‘Venom’

By Cynthia Ayala

Venom starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze & Reid Scott
Image Credit: IMDB

“When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.” —IMDB

Oh, this movie had so much potential, but it ultimately fell flat.

All right let’s get to it. First off, Tom Hardy gave a fantastic performance, but that is no surprise, he always does. The problem with this film is that it fails to understand who Eddie Brock is and his relationship with the symbiote named venom. That is the problem with the film. To do Venom properly they have to establish the relationship with venom has with Spider-man to further develop the relationship venom has with Eddie. Here, the movie, even at one hour and 52 minutes seems very short and underdeveloped.

Let’s put it this way, the film feels like a whole lot of nothing. It is pretty unfortunate the film was PG-13 because that was probably a significant hindrance to the story and overall plot line. Venom is not a movie that should be PG-13 this is a movie that should be rated R, and it would have been very successful if it rated R. Yes audiences are loving it but fans people who know Venom people who understand Venom as a character they are not going to. There will be people who want to see this movie because they want to redeem the image of Venom from Spider-Man 3, but it is not going to. I will say this about Spider-Man 3 while that movie was terrible and annoying at least the relationship between Venom and Eddie Brock.

This film just missed the mark. It moves so fast, and the story and applying it is just not very cohesive. Cohesive might be the wrong word to describe this movie or to describe what it lacks, but it just goes from the beginning to the end, and yes it has lots of fun action sequences of Eddie Brock on the run it just does not feel substantial. Put it this let’s put it this way the best way to describe this movie is that it is a meal it is in front of you, but it does not fill you up at the end. You eat the food, but you are still hungry for more. Except you are not left hungry for a good reason, I guess your last hungry because there was just unsatisfying it is like you went to McDonald’s expecting to have this big luxury meal, but of course, you got McDonald’s so you are not full you do not get the meal, instead you got junk food.

I think that is the best way I can describe this movie is its insubstantial junk food it is a snack. For people who do not understand who Venom ins and his relationship to Eddie Brock it will be an enjoyable film. For people who do understand the relationship, it is not going to be. Moreover, then moving just moves along and it is boring even with all the action sequences it is kind of just boring.

I will say this though is the relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom in this movie it is fun to see. It is a fun take on the Dynamics in the romance and action. Michelle Williams in the film her chemistry with any with a Tom Hardy is a little lacking, but it is there it is something that can grow, and her understanding of the Symbiote Venom is also a fun addition to the film.

All I can say is that if there’s going to be a sequel they have to make it rated R because you cannot have Carnage be PG-13, it is impossible.

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—Film Credits—

Directed by Ruben Fleischer

Screenplay by    Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg & Kelly Marcel

Story by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg

Based on Venom by David Michelinie & Todd McFarlane

Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze & Reid Scott

Rating | Length | Genre: PG-13 | 1h 52min | ActionSci-Fi

Distributed by    Sony Pictures Releasing

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