‘We are Venom’- the line that made us eagerly wait for the movie. And since we understand how a movie spoiler makes the blood boil, we are giving you a spoiler-free review of Venom. Venom strikes a balance between sticking too close to and straying too far from. Creating a universe for a character that is supposed to carry a franchise, Venom drifted from its source material i.e. comics and did an incredible job on it. In the comics, Venom is mostly a villain, a frequent foe of Spider-Man, but it seems like the movie doesn’t want to take him down too dark a path. Venom is Marvel’s most popular and recognizable characters making this movie a curious puzzle to mull over. All in all- Venom is the movie for masses. It deeply delves into the characters lore’s and builds the story that explains the minute detail about Eddie Brock and Symbiote. The rapport between Eddie and Venom is ultimately the film’s most effective emotional element. The ‘Thank you’ and ‘You are welcome’ between the two will legitimately shock you. Because the version of the Symbiote doesn’t have any sort of interaction with Spider-Man, Venom gets a little creative in terms of the way it goes about fleshing out his personality. Building his character almost entirely out of idiosyncrasies, Tom Hardy does an incredible job as Venom. When Sony Pictures first announced the film, fans expected an R-rated feature. But in its finished form, Venom is PG-13, more devoted to humour than the more disturbing aspects of the lead character.
Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist whose career hits the skids when he confronts a powerful tech billionaire Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) with allegations of wrongful death in his medical experiments. While investigating Drake, Eddie is accidentally bonded to one of these alien organisms and becomes Venom, a super strong, pointy-tongued and glistening-eyed creature. And the adventurous begin! There’s a line when a bodega owner asks Eddie how he’s doing and Eddie just responds, “Aches and pains. Aches and pains”, which I feel is hilarious.
That all being said, Venom is not without its flaws—it’s absolutely full of them. The first 20 minutes are at a brisk, confusing clip and it feels like a haphazardly cut together. It’s not nearly as dark and bloody or brooding of a film. Rather, it’ll give you feel good time while the devil licks his chops at you.