The Marvel movie is a different take on the usual superhero film, instead focussing on the villain who made his debut in 2007′s "Spider Man 3", but it hasn't exactly gone down well with the critics. These characters interacted in the comics forever. Any superhero film that makes that a protagonist is going in inherently appeal to the antithesis of that character's objective, namely that there's limited mileage one can get from a character that is largely incapable of limiting himself, indulging in the power fantasy without actually giving the story a moral center.
While Hardy turns in a fine performance with the first good representation of the antihero, Venom suffers from pacing issues and short-sightedness. The PS4 exclusive (sorry, Xbox fans) captures Spidey (and his alter-ego Peter Parker) as I have known him for most of my life: He's a scrappy NY kid, struggling to juggle both the extraordinary responsibilities and opportunities of being a superhero and the mundane challenges of being a socially awkward young man.
Venom is a god damn queer rom-com.
It is a darker tale from the Marvel Comics superhero universe than what audiences have seen in recent films such as "The Avengers" series released by Walt Disney Co. Anne leaves Eddie, and he's all alone in the world, scraping by with only his neighborhood for company. There are no real emotional beats that push and pull against the moral fabric of Eddie Brock as he finds himself as a host of an alien being that grants him quite unimaginable power. The Venom symbiote now shares Eddie's body, usually depicted as an invisible voice in his head, but occasionally emerging as a fanged monster with a penchant for human flesh. Plot points are just sort of strung along in a sequence that resembles a three-act structure but doesn't actually inform any character growth.
It's hard to discuss "Venom" without some mention of the infamous feculence line shown in the trailer-the symbiotic monster warning a naughty thug about leaving his dismembered body flailing about like "a turd in the wind".
Obviously, this score will likely climb somewhat as more reviews come in and provide a bigger, more even sample of opinion, but it's unlikely to change too much. He called Venom "a poor second cousin to the all-stars that have reliably dominated the box-office charts for most of this century".
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And Bryan Bishop of the Verge said that Venom is "a train wreck of a movie, mixing and matching wildly dissonant tones, freakish plot contrivances, and a truly unique lead performance". One can not lie to the dog or the child, you know.
The story is a Jekyll-and-Hyde tale where Hardy's journalist character, Eddie Brock, tries to keep Venom's bad behavior under control. The video features Eddie Brock scaring his neighbor while also including new clips of our titular anti-hero symbiote fighting against various rivals. He ruins his own career and relationship in the first act of the movie, so he's already a mess before Venom shows up. Indeed, it's hard not to evaluate the film in light of many comments from numerous people who made it - especially director Ruben Fleischer, who vacillated between saying the film was always going to be R- and PG-13-rated, and hedged in recent interviews about how deliberately amusing it's supposed to be - since the end result is stupefyingly incomprehensible. Sure, at times. I'll admit I laughed out loud at two or three punchlines.