YC Movie Review: Tom Hardy Is An Awesome Venom
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.
To be fair, I am not one of those die-hard Marvel fans that have read every original comic and know all the plot lines of every character by heart.
I usually just take myself to the cinema when a new Marvel movie decides to bestow us with its grand presence and oooh and aahh as well as everyone else. Sometimes I enjoy them, sometimes I don’t.
This time around, I didn’t even know very much about the Venom character, all I needed to get excited about it was the guy playing Venom. Tom Hardy is a personal favorite of mine, he embodies every role he plays, and of course, it doesn’t hurt that he is a handsome bloke (all the ladies let me hear an amen!!).
Suffice it to say, I went into the cinema with zilch expectations. Well, let’s see if I left the cinema 1500 poorer, scowling at everyone and feeling robbed or I left 1500 poorer and happy I sprung for the popcorn, the better to enjoy the movie with. Let us break it down, shall we?
There is honestly nothing special about the plot of this movie. It’s the same old good guy goes up against the powers that be to, you know, do the things that make him a good guy.
Bad guy huffed and puffed and blew him away, along with his life and everything he cared about. I was so sure I was going to see Tom unshaven, with dead sorrowful eyes and nursing a bottle of alcohol after the whole fiasco with Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Predictable much?
Why must it always be alcohol though? why can’t it be another vise? Why couldn’t he have become a sex addict or something?
Anyways, Mr. Hardy hits the proverbial bottom of the barrel, but then wait a minute, one of the creepy alien thingies enters him and of course, he is compatible. Now he is a badass, stronger, faster and ready to battle the forces of evil. (yeah, that eye roll was justified)
It wasn’t all eye-rolling moments, though. There were some parts that made me laugh, genuinely. There was this particular moment, towards the end of the movie when Venom was talking in Hardy’s head, as usual, it (he? she? shim?) said “she doesn’t know we are going to get her back” – referring to Hardy’s ex-fiance Anne (Michelle Williams).
A few moments like that scattered throughout the movie gave it some substance, at the very least it offered a break from constantly staring at the hideous mug of Venom.
This is what elevated this movie from a C- to a B- at least. The decision to cast Tom Hardy in the lead role was genius. I am quite certain a lot of people that saw that movie did so because of him, I know I did.
He was fun, natural and it was obvious he was having fun with the role. His acting lent some much-needed oomph to the movie.
Michelle Williams is another great choice, she played the beautiful yet strong and independent lady to a T. You just had to root for her.
The one choice I did not particularly agree with was Riz Ahmed as the bad guy. I don’t know, it was like watching Barny play Thanos, it just did not jive in my head. That is not saying that he isn’t an awesome actor, though, he was sublime in The Night Of, but he was just wrong for ths particular role, kinda.
Score, Cinematography, Special Effects
The whole scary looking Venom effect was quite engaging, the fight scenes were pretty exciting too. The scene in the movie where venom flowed from Anna (Michelle) into Eddie (Tom) during a kiss was so well done and yucky at the same time. I am definitely not kissing any girl until that image leaves my head (*shivers)
I did not even notice the score or the cinematography throughout the movie, translation- it was probably not that special, or else I would have noticed.
Like I honestly can’t tell you one way or another if that part of the movie was good or bad. It just did not make any impression. I guess the producers and director relied majorly on the lead actors to carry the movie which, in retrospect, was a smart move.
Venom is a middling movie at worst and an enjoyable movie at best. It is a good way to spend a couple of hours after a stressful day at work, you wouldn’t be disappointed, but don’t go expecting to leave the cinema with a new lease on life or something.
I am going to grudgingly give it a B- (just because of Tom Hardy)