Venom Movie Review
“Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!” says Venom as he looks upon the face of fear of his next victim. Columbia Pictures' new film Venom starring Tom Hardy depicts many of these instances, which were both exciting and chaotic.
Venom revolves around the story of Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, who is an investigative journalist that reports on various issues occurring around San Francisco. At the same time, Carlton Drake (played by Riz Ahmed), the rich CEO of the Life Foundation, runs an illegal science experiment that revolves around gathering aliens from space, called symbiotes, and bonding them to humans.
At one point, Brock enters the lab of the foundation and accidentally gets bonded to one of the symbiotes, named Venom. The rest of the movie revolves around him coming to terms with this creature and attempting to end the efforts of Carlton Drake.
Throughout the movie, there were some impressive moments captured. One of them was the use of visual effects, particularly in the action sequences. It is clear to see the effort put in by the effects team, where the sharp details of the symbiotes and Venom’s costume are seamlessly integrated into the real world, thus making the action sequences that much more entertaining.
Hardy’s performance in the film is also noteworthy, as he is able to effortlessly jump between acting menacingly as Venom and sparking some truly hilarious banter between him and Venom.
Alongside these strengths, there were some noticeable weaknesses to the movie. The first major con was the movie’s main villain, who turned out to be a cliche billionaire that was obsessed with using symbiotes to his advantage. The film could have done better with a villain that had more layers to his personality.
The movie also had a slow-paced introduction. Almost a quarter of the film was devoted towards introducing the characters and depicting the life of Eddie Brock. Audiences had to wait for a long period of time before Venom showed up and the action sequences began to occur.
Critics often had a mixed perception of the movie. Critic CJ Johnson said, “Tom Hardy makes the film sit-throughable, but only just, and only because he plays what comedy there is for all it's worth.” At the same time, other critics like Stephen Porzio said, “For the most part, Venom is very watchable and in some sections delightful. Yet, these moments make one wish the movie was better as a whole.”
In contrast, some students at the school had more positive reviews of the movie. Sophomore Paris Saint-Marc said that it was one of his favorite Marvel movies and loved the amount of comedy in the movie. Similarly, Junior Steven Hoang had a positive opinion about the movie, where he thought that the action sequences were well made and the performances were very good.
Despite such reviews, Venom had a successful opening weekend at the box office, where it grossed over $80 million and was ranked #1 that weekend. As of October 10th, the total worldwide gross of the movie is over $200 million. This established Venom as a hit movie and one that is quite profitable.
Ultimately, Venom is a movie that has its fair share of strengths and weaknesses. While it was bolstered by strong performances and action, the movie fell flat with its central plot and villain and its pacing. As such, the movie deserves a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Photo Credit: Official Movie Poster for “Venom”; Picture Credit: Rotten Tomatoes