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You’ve heard the horror stories. The chaotic production, the poor reviews, Tom Hardy’s feelings on the film’s final cut- but now we’re here, the odds have been battled and Venom has been released unto the world. Its controversies and mishaps have made this movie quite the talk of the town (the town being Twitter, mostly) and have caused Venom to almost reach infamous status already. We knew what we were getting into with this movie, and it really is an enigma. Venom is not as bad as you’ve heard, but it is still very very bad.
Right as the film begins, the plot starts with a jet-paced speed, which is this film’s first flaw- the pacing is all over the place, and it is incredibly difficult to identify what moments are important and which are throwaway (and this film contains more throwaway than we’d like to see). The film is janky and sudden in moments, poor writing does not aid this.
HARDY IS A VERY CAPABLE ACTOR, AND DURING RARE MOMENTS IN VENOM HE BRINGS SHAKINESS AND ANXIETY FORWARD EXCELLENTLY, BUT IN EVERY OTHER ASPECT OF HIS ACTING, HE REMAINS MERELY PASSABLE.
The plot is rushed along at such a pace that no emotion is developed whatsoever, and even in the few moments where emotion is the only reason for the scene’s existence, leading man Tom Hardy fails to pull our hearts from our chests. Hardy is a very capable actor, and in moments in Venom he brings shakiness and anxiety forward excellently, but in every other aspect of his acting, he remains merely passable. Riz Ahmed’s character Carlton Drake is threatening in his performance in no way, and he brings the forgettable villain problem to the movie that superhero outings are renowned for at this point. In the acting department, Venom remains disappointing.
The action is the driving force of Venom, and while some scenes work if your brain is switched off and prepared for action, others stumble through shots too quick to process alongside heavy camera shakes and weak choreography. The redeeming features of these moments, however, is the CGI. Even though Venom and the other Symbiotes can look odd due to their design, they are maintained quite well, until there’s inevitably a scene where they’re overbearing in their visuals, akin to the penultimate scene from Black Panther. These scenes last much too long to remain enjoyable, and with the emphasis of the movie being its action, the rest of the picture is dragged down heavily.
The climax of the film feels undeserved and makes little sense, leaving Venom’s closing moments a head-scratcher. It truly makes the viewer question the point of the film as a whole, and the whole cinematic experience is made to feel inconsequential. And of course it’s left open for a sequel- we’d be stupid to presume it wouldn’t. There are some good moments in Venom, with scenes gripping attention for a short period of time and keeping the film entertaining enough to prevent a premature walk-out. But overall, this film is already forgettable. Take our advice- if you are indeed a fan and you decide to see this one, stay after the credits. Trust us.
(Also, you know that rumor? I mean that rumor? It’s true. Get ready for some interesting and exciting dreams, nerds.)
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You saw this coming- some fun moments, but overall, Venom is utter tripe. Do yourself a favor and rewatch Spiderman: Homecoming instead.