It’s fair to say doubts where cast on this film since the very first teaser trailer. Everything from Tom Hardy’s accent, the CGI, even the look of Venom himself, nothing looked particularly exciting. Since its release it has taken somewhat of a battering from critics, and the best compliment that can be given to Venom is that it is slightly better than you’d expect, if only ever so slightly.
When TV investigator Eddy Brock (Tom Hardy) acquires the powers of a symbiote. He will have to release his alter ego “Venom” to save his life.
For starters, the movie feels incredibly slow, with Venom not entering the movie until what felt like at least an hour in. The titular character just isn’t dealt with well at all, particularly with the jarring, at times surreal comedic tone. Despite that, the best scenes in the movie are when Hardy plays Brock and Venom simultaneously. Their witty banter back and forth will get a few laughs, even if you’re constantly wondering whether this is a film you should be laughing at in the first place.
The action scenes come in one of two ways. Fun, exciting and badass. Or boring, full of crappy CGI and poor one-liners. The fight scenes are a mixed bag, on one hand the final 20 minutes is action-packed and full of big moments. On the other hand, everything is quite generic and clearly lacks care and attention to detail. The issues mostly boil down to Venom himself, who has some tragically bad one-lines whilst fighting, and even the CGI they use for him is fairly shoddy.
Tom Hardy, in theory, is a perfect choice to play Eddy Brock. Sadly, he is one of the worst parts of the movie. Hardy himself is a brilliant actor and it’s clear that the problem is less his acting and more how his character his written. Eddy is weak from beginning to end, his character never truly goes through a transformation.
Riz Ahmed plays the villain of the movie and if you like your villain’s to be as cliche as they come then you’re in for a treat. He brings nothing new as a villain that hasn’t been done by ten others.
Overall, Venom is a laughable excuse at what Sony could have done with the character. The comedic nature really didn’t sit well, Tom Hardy tries his best with what he is given but his characters are so poorly written that even he can’t save the film. The biggest problem with Venom is clearly within its original script. The characters and plot are so badly written that you can’t get invested in anything. There are a few fun action sequences but it takes far too long to get to them. This film could have been so much more but instead we are left with a huge disappointment.