Venom is the most recent superhero movie out that is based on the Marvel comic character of the same name. It is produced by Columbia pictures and associated with Marvel Studios. Distributed by Sony Pictures, it is the first movie in Sony’s Marvel Universe. This means that it is currently its own solo story within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The last time Venom was seen on the big screen was in 2007 when Spider-Man 3 was released. Spider-Man 3 has a whopping 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The portrayal of the main villain in the movie was very mixed among fans. Most fans thought the performance from Topher Grace, as Eddie Brock, was very lackluster. A lot of people also thought that Sony didn’t quite do Venom justice on the big screen. When Sony announced that they would be giving this villain another go, in the likes of its own movie, die hard fans got excited for this new installment. Will this movie meet expectations of hardcore fans and be an overall success, or will it be another let down from Sony?
The movie starts out with the main character Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, as a successful journalist. Brock works out of California and is known for his Brock Report. The antagonist of the film is Carlton Drake. Drake is the CEO of the Life Foundation, who is focused on saving the human race by morphing symbiotes to humans. He presents himself with a warm personality for the public, but underneath he is a man who cares for no one but himself. After a malfunction with one of Drake’s projects, Brock’s boss tells him that he should interview Drake after the incident. Brock proceeds to go to Drake’s company and interview him but starts asking him controversial questions about his company. Drake cuts the interview short and sends Brock back to his boss empty handed. This causes Brock to get fired, as well as his fiance, since she works for Drake’s company. Now Brock is at an all time low and has nowhere else to go.
Later on, one of Drake’s assistants, Dr. Dora Skirth, calls up Brock and tells him that every controversial question he asked Drake in the interview turned out to be true. Skirth tells Brock to come to the headquarters of the Life Foundation to reveal all of its darkest secrets. Skirth knows that she could lose her job, so she sneaks Brock in to do the work for her. When Brock is snooping around the Life Foundation, he notices the nice lady who greets him every evening. Brock tries to break her out of the experiment that she is being used for, and succeeds. However, she is already morphed with a symbiote, and this one finds its way into Brock’s body. A symbiote is the smaller of two organisms and is always the beneficiary in a relationship, while the larger organism is the host and may or may not derive a benefit. In this case, these symbiotes are from their own planet and are seen as aliens to most. Brock ends up escaping from the Life Foundation and Drake sends his herd of men to capture him and his symbiote. Ultimately Brock must keep the symbiote that Drake wants within him, and stop him from bringing opposing symbiotes to invade earth.
The symbiote that enters Brock’s body is known as Venom. Venom can keep Brock alive and take control of his body when he pleases. The relationship between Venom and Brock progresses into a friendship throughout the movie. Brock is a very funny and laid back guy. When he is first infused with Venom, he does not want to hurt anyone. Brock even apologizes to some of Drake’s men when Venom is beating up on them. I thought these scenes were very funny and the overall relationship between Venom and Brock was very enjoyable. Brock worked to balance out Venom, as all Venom wanted to do was kill everyone in his path in the beginning. The jokes that Venom cracked towards Brock worked as well. Venom acted like a smart alec towards Brock and gave him a jokingly hard time. Most of the humor hit home with me and was very amusing. Tom Hardy did a great job as Eddie Brock. Most movies that Tom Hardy is in are usually successful, and this one is no different. His portrayal of Brock was very believable and worked throughout the film. Venom looked very similar to his comic book counterpart and everytime he was on screen made me want more.
There were a few gripes about the movie though. I thought the performance of Carlton Drake, by Riz Ahmned, was very average. He was not as much of a psychopath or as menacing as I envisioned. I expected a better performance and the lines he gave throughout the movie seemed lackluster and emotionless. Another negative is that the final fight scene was poorly put together. It was very hard to keep track of what was going on. Venom’s main color is black while the main villain’s color was grey. These colors, combined with a night time atmosphere surrounded by water, caused a fight scene that was very blurry and hard to follow. One other negative is the first view trailers for the movie. These trailers gave audience members a false hope that the movie would have a more horror aspect to it. Although Venom looked like a scary character, the movie did not have a very scary or horror like feel to it. Lastly, Venom did not fully appear in the film until about an hour in. Each time he was on the screen he hands down stole the show. The total screen time for him was not enough, and I wish there could have been more of him.
So, should you go out and see this movie? I would say if you are a hardcore comic book movie goer then I would definitely give it a chance. If you have some free time, or someone asks you to go see a movie with them, Venom is probably one of the best options out right now. If you don’t have the time or money to go to a movie at the moment, don’t worry about it. This is not a must see movie in theatres. You would be better off waiting for the movie to come out on Netflix or Charter on Demand for a few bucks. Watch the movie on your own time and give it your own review.