While not perfect, ‘Venom’ provides entertainment value
Similar to the infamous Spider-Man foe, “Venom” is chaotic in every sense. The film’s best qualities established it as an exciting, fresh superhero movie with future potential, while the worst ones highlighted poor execution with moments that were unintentionally funny.
Known to expose corrupt individuals, journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) plans to investigate the dangerous experiments being held at the Life Foundation. While there, Brock is accidentally infected by a dangerous alien symbiote, Venom, that proves to have plans for itself. When Venom gives Brock superhuman strength and powers, the two find that there is a benefit to working together.
From the very beginning, I knew I was in for an interesting ride, not necessarily in the best way. The film’s pacing at first was all over the place. It jumped around from scene to scene, trying to establish an extensive backstory. There was too much in too little time. This problem eventually began to wane away, when the movie began to focus on the main plot at hand.
I was engrossed in how unique the film’s story was, although there were many frivolous moments. When there were truly great strings of scenes throughout, there was the ongoing feeling of incompleteness.
The most common want of any hopeful “Venom” viewer is that the titular antihero is memorable. I am pleased to say that he was undoubtedly one of the best parts of the film. I wasn’t expecting to love the character of Venom as much as I did. The deviant symbiote is surprisingly funny and also looks fantastic. He was hideous, but in the “I-can’t-look-away” sense. Perhaps what is better than Venom alone, is his character dynamic with Brock. The two have brilliant chemistry that is seldom created as effectively. It felt hilariously sentimental. The two played off each other so well as they were reminiscent of an old married couple. This can be credited to Hardy once again rising to the occasion. Not only did Hardy deliver as Brock, but his voice acting as Venom was equally impressive. The actor has proved to be versatile and especially his gamut of voices.
Those are the only two well-developed characters, however.
The talent of Michelle Williams is wasted on a somewhat one-dimensional love interest that had quite a large role in the film. The main villain of the film, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), was extremely disappointing; he fits into the every-lame-supervillain cliche that has been seen before.
Speaking of lame, the film had some horrendous acting moments and dialogue that were flat-out funny. I’m glad to say that the majority of the intentional jokes did stick, though some failed.
The parallels between the film’s plots and its quality are undeniable. Much like the power struggle between Brock and Venom, the good and the bad fight to be at the forefront of the film. Thankfully, the film’s strengths emerged victorious, solidifying that “Venom” is an amusingly entertaining time.