Silly. So silly. Stupid silly, yet fun as hell!
I went to check out the highly anticipated blockbuster Venom last night and as one of the ten or twelve people in the theatre it struck me right away that either:
A. No one goes to a movie on Thanksgiving.
B. The critics were right.
C. Dude who cares – it’s a new Marvel movie!
Well it’s kinda sorta a new Marvel movie. I’ll let you google the Sony/Marvel/Spider-Man mess yourself, but with Venom we are introduced to a super likeable, regular joe journalistic hero turned blackballed ex-journalist who is everything his bizzaro world twin Peter Parker is not. I’m not up on the comic end of things (nor do I claim to be) so I dove into this movie off hype alone – full speed ahead – without knowing the backstory ahead of time. If Tom Hardy can seemingly rock dual cinematic universes with ease, I’m more than down to see how it all unfolds.
Hardy was brilliantly cast as the downtrodden Eddie Brock who, after losing his job due to digging a little too deep for the liking of those in power, sets out to make a living as far away from his previous line of work as possible.
After what seems like an hour or more of backstory, and with everyone on his side – good or bad to be determined – Eddie takes a call from a researcher who knows that her boss (same dude who influenced his firing) is up to no good and implores him to witness for himself the evil that maniacal power hungry hipster scientists do to get ahead.
Without getting into too much detail and giving things away, here’s where the plot falls apart. Sure we all know some weird “thing” gets inside of people causing them to do superhuman things and act out in ways they never dreamed fathomable, but for the love of – did they have to give the symbiotes voices?! Seriously?! These “beings” talk, relate, sympathize, poke fun and joke with their hosts?! Let the head shaking begin.
At the onset, sure it was a brilliant idea conceptually to showcase how the next “superbeing” comes to be on the road to where he will fit in when and where it matters, but the silly back and forth split-personality-disorder-done-as-comedy where it’s not actually needed ruins things.
I was hoping for something way more badass out of Venom. I walked away having watched some incredible special effects, outstanding fight scenes, a spot on performance by Tom Hardy, way too many unrealistic scenarios even for a movie of this genre, and way too many WTF moments you had to laugh at for the sake of how unfunny they actually were.
To the two super geeks who also stayed in the theatre til the bitter end as I did, at least we got one excellent mid-credit scene setting up a future movie and a great post-credit scene setting up an animated adventure as well although I swear that’s the longest credit roll of any Marvel movie. Ever. It seemed like 20 minutes at least.
If you’ve got the time, you’ll get some cheap laughs and fun action sequences but definitely not the dramatic ass kicking Marvel flick you dropped $14.99 to see. More if you didn’t sneak in some snacks.