'Venom' Review: It's the 'WTF' of Comic Book Movies

New Venom TV spots reveals a terrible friendship
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05 October, 2018

Whereas Hardy and Williams deliver unnecessarily broad performances in their roles, Ahmed's portrayal of Drake is just big enough to make us believe that he believes his own BS.

Following a scandal, journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation.

Venom is an alien who co-habits the body of a human played by Tom Hardy. My son was telling me all about him - he loves Venom. Eddie doesn't really come to discover any depth to Venom's hungry personality, and Venom's change of heart isn't motivated by anything demonstrably extrinsic to his relationship with Eddie, so the rapport that builds between them is framed less like a parasitic intruder and his reluctant vessel learning to get along than between an affectionately bickering couple. The actual angle of the piece and the outlet that commissioned it are never revealed, but that doesn't stop the guard from running down a list of intimidating Silence of the Lambs style rules Eddie has to follow upon conducting his interview, as if he's Clarice Starling about to meet Hannibal Lecter for the first time.

In the comics, Carnage is actually one of the Venom symbiote's many offspring, created during a brief stint in which Eddie was incarcerated and kept in a cell next to Kasady, where it eventually bonded to him without Eddie's knowledge.

Hardy's toothy performance, however, employs a distracting cadence, even before you get to the movie's other abundant flaws. Though the ensemble around Hardy is mostly quite talented, they all appear to be acting in a different, much more boring superhero film.

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The movie contained two end-credits scenes with intriguing revelations. There's a lot to like about the new film, and with fans enthused by the prospect of Toms Holland and Hardy linking up as Spidey and Venom respectively, it makes sense to look at the ways the character could enter the MCU. Those familiar will enjoy elements such as the nod to the exact sound frequency that is harmful to Venom, and the various shapes and forms the symbiote uses to dispatch foes. When we sat down recently at the press junket for Venom with Tolmach and Arad, we asked about the status of two of those projects: Silver and Black, which is now being split into two separate movies instead of one (about female anti-heroes Silver Sable and Black Cat), and Morbius the Living Vampire, about a biochemist turned vampire who becomes a kind of superhero in his own right.

Haven't we seen Venom before though?

Hardy said Venom has similarities to several classic monster movies. His take on Eddie Brock is unlike numerous characters he has become known for like his roles in "The Revenant" or 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' He plays Eddie Brock as a charming, down-on-his luck sleuth, who has bit off more than he can chew. Opens Friday at theatres everywhere. "For all of the wild weirdness and wackadoo mess, this character is, shockingly, one we'd be happy to spend more time with, thanks to Hardy". "Those are always so much more thrilling than any of the formulaic superhero movies that parade through multiplexes all year", Walsh said.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and written by Scott Rosenberg (Pain & Gain, Jumanji) & Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), the Venom film is set for an October 5, 2018 release date.


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