Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent super alter-ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organisation looking for a symbiote of their own.
Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg’s story is chaotic and stupid! What started with Spiderman 3, was expected to be larger than life nemesis for Spidey. Roping in Tom Hardy for the role just buzzed up the hype but once you see the film you’ll get to know how it was all talk and no substance. It’s not the story where the makers have gone wrong with, they lost the battle way before it while developing the thought for the Venom.
The scenario of ‘let’s make Venom friendly for kids’ falls flat on-screen. Venom, over the years, haven been your ruthless brutal antihero and not someone who’s juvenile and senseless. Yes, Venom is not known for his intelligence but he’s known for being strong and sturdy. Makers gets lost in between of making this a dreadful baddie and a sarcastic superhero in a Deadpool zone and never recovers.
Tom Hardy underplays Eddie Brock and fails to create the desired impact. He was good at fun scenes but the lazy writing didn’t allow him to grow as much as h should’ve. The dual personality is written very shoddily and does not add much to the story.
Riz Ahmed as the vicious entrepreneur Carlton Drake is deadpan and blank. At no point you feel he’s going to do something to obstruct Venom’s way. Michelle Williams was okay in her role as Eddie’s ex-fiancé. There anyway was not much scope for her in the story, but she does fine for whatever time she is there.
Ruben Fleischer messes up big time with the direction! Being the debut of Sony & Marvel, expectations were sky high from this one. Let apart the story ‘being strong’ part, this doesn’t even come close to being a good looking film. The VFX are super-tacky and are nowhere close to what we’ve seen in the past superhero movies. If not entertaining, they should have at least have made some efforts to make it good looking (No, I am not hinting at DC’s Justice League).
Ludwig Goransson who recently gave us one of the most memorable soundtracks of all time with Black Panther. But here he fails miserably. The background music was equally noisy as the screenplay and gets burdened under the nonsensical chaos. Even the Eminem’s track in the end has no impact because you already are exhausted by then.
All said and done, Venom is one unbearable sound of shattering the dreams of comic-geek fans of this character. Tom, the only positive thing about the film, is mediocre at the best. Watch it just for the post-credit scene and to get the link of what’s coming next.
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