Director :Ruben Fleischer
Producer(s) : Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pasca
Starring : Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Sope Aluko and Reid
Genre : Sci-fi/Action
Release Date : October 5, 2018 (Nigeria)
Awesome-o-Metre : 5.4/10
Revue of VENOM
Venom is the new Marvel film that stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, an investigative reporter who in investigating the Life Foundation run by Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) fuses with an alien symbiote that gives him superhuman strength in so far as he is a willing host.
The critics have been giving Venom a lot of stick but I refused to listen to them and went to see Venom with the intention of enjoying it and honestly, it was quite enjoyable. I really wanted Tom Hardy to wipe out the bad taste left in my mouth by the Topher Grace debacle in Spiderman 3 and he did just that. Tom hardy did a better job and his chemistry (pun intended) with Venom was hilarious and very entertaining. I liked that Venom was made to be an endearing jerk and this character drew a number of laughs from the audience. My favorite scene was where he threatened to eat some burglar’s arms, legs and face and leave him a legless, armless faceless turd! Even though I had seen that scene in the trailer, it still cracked me up bad.
Talking about chemistry, I didn’t feel that vibe between Tom hardy and Michelle Williams because they didn’t seem to be in the same space. Though, as the film wore on, it got better but it just wasn’t enough. The insufficiency of the connection between Tom hardy and Michelle Williams is indicative of the whole film just not being enough. I think I see what the critics have been harping because Venom lacks that oomph that would have made this a good film. Generally, Venom lacked any real energy as there were parts of the film that were just outrightly boring and uninteresting. Even the CGI came across as tacky and not as fluid as I would have liked it to be, this is quite surprising bearing in mind that Marvel are notorious for good visual effects.
On the bright side, just like Kevin Hart’s Night School, another Nigerian (Sope Aluko) featured in the film. I will ignore her accent and just be proud that my Naija people are getting roles in big budget films.
Ehen, I can’t believe that even after 10 years of Marvel films people still leave the cinema early. If you were one of those that left the cinema before the credits stopped rolling, I want to inform you that you missed out on a scene that introduced one of my favorite comic book characters. No I am not gonna tell you who it is – that’s your punishment for being a JJC.
Venom is entertaining…not just as entertaining as it could have been but it still makes for a good cinema outing and I recommend it especially if you are a geek or just a good old marvel fan. When you do see Venom, please leave a comment below or on Twitter and Facebook and let me know what you think of it.
Have a great week!