Venom Review: Was beyond surprised by this film. I thought it was genuinely going to be one of the worst films of the year. In terms of the characters, the highlight of the movie is without a doubt Tom Hardy’s performance and Eddie Brock’s relationship with Venom. Hardy is electrifying as Brock and really elevates the film and helped me forgive a lot of mishaps along the way. The way he and Eddie symbiotes back and forth is nothing shy of brilliant. It’s funny, developing, and at times quite emotional. Above all, it really gets the audience into the characters and further into the movie.
The supporting cast does a fine job and they do it well despite the fact that they’re not exactly standout characters. Our antagonist was more rounded than J anticipated and proved to be a more interesting and able match for our title character. The story has its ups and downs. I liked the way the intro took its time to develop why Brock is who he is and how his fall from grace is to be cared about. When the venom glory kicks in, it’s truly glorious and left me with the biggest smile on my face. However, there are moments of dialogue and action which are unfortunate clunky or altogether unneeded. It takes you out of the film when a scene is unintentionally funny or a scene is too quickly edited to keep its stupid PG-13 rating.
Nonetheless, the finished product rises above this to be an entertaining anti-hero origin story that is darker than your usual fare. The good thing is that it has a surprising amount of heart. Overall, Venom will surprise you with its quality and characters. While it isn’t as bad as you’d think it is, it still isn’t as good as it should be. 6.1/10