The highly-anticipated blockbuster from Sony has finally hit theaters, and it comes with differing opinions. Venom, as the first film in Sony’s planned Venom-verse, had some strengths, but it’s flaws ultimately won the day. We’ll get the bad out of the way first.
Venom‘s score, composed by Ludwig Goransson, fails the film incredibly. While the music is well-performed, there are sequences where it heavily takes over. There are also other points where the music and the on-screen action are far from compatible. That’s not to say that there aren’t good points with a sound scoring, but the majority of the score is poorly executed.
There is also, as we saw in trailers, awkward and clunky dialogue. This leads to points where the audience finds itself laughing at conversations that are performed as if they are to be serious points. The majority of it comes from Venom himself, however, there are other awkward points from other characters such as Eddie Brock.
Finally, the film overall seemed rushed. Although there were years of planning behind it, the story was very wishy-washy. Without getting into details, certain plot points simply die off, and some of the characters develop and evolve much quicker than anyone would in real life. There is also a notable absence from Venom, appearing intermittently in the third act. The majority of these issues could have easily been remedied if the runtime would have been longer. The runtime of the film is one hour and fifty-two minutes, with roughly ten minutes of end credits.
Now, it’s time for the good stuff.
The actors performed exceptionally well. Tom Hardy in particular shined as a star actor, capable of controlling his body as if Venom were really in control and jerking him around. His ability to show emotion, and change his emotions in an instant were spectacular.
Riz Ahmed’s Carlton Drake was also phenomenal. He portrayed Drake in an amazing, and slightly evil way. To no fault of his own, Ahmed’s character did suffer from a lack of motivation for the overall goal of the story. Disregarding what the actor could not control, Carlton Drake gave a very solid performance throughout the film.
Michelle Williams’ Anne Weying was an interesting addition, as well. As was the case with Ahmed/Drake, Williams/Weying had inherent character flaws, with a lack of necessary development.
The design of Venom was by far the best part of the film. The CGI was spectacular, and the portrayal of Venom was perfectly executed. His relationship with Eddie was amazing, although lacked a well-pace development. Venom is huge, terrifying, and beautiful.
The two credit scenes were also amazing, so if you watch the film, be patient and watch through to the very end. You will not regret it.
Overall, the film was enjoyable, but far from a cinematic masterpiece. It both had promise in the past, and also has promise for future promise. However, the film was presented to audiences as if it were made in 2003, and teleported fifteen years into the future. Giving it a score, I would say Venom is rated at 7/10, and would recommend watching it to someone who wants something to do to avoid boredom.
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