Superhero movies tend to follow a specific pattern to appeal to the general audience. Venom is a movie that has followed the typical superhero pattern and flipped it into a romantic comedy that’s even better than Crazy Rich Asians.
Now that I’ve had some time to gather my thoughts, I wanted to share my experience of seeing the Venom movie.
Many critics said that the movie was bad. Everyone was unbelievable as their characters except for Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. I will have to disagree on this one. The movie had a small cast of characters and we could all keep track of everyone. Heck, I would even go as far as praising most of the cast. There were only a few duds in my opinion.
Sure, Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams don’t have the chemistry of a Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow but, Eddie & Anne clearly have some level of separation from the beginning. You can see it from the beginning of the movie.
Anne is a big business lawyer while Eddie is a hotshot journalist who seems to get in everyone’s bad side. This bad habit of Eddie causes the movie to roll into the big popcorn fest it becomes towards the end. We can’t forget about Venom, the Symbiote, too!
Voiced by a modulated Tom Hardy, Venom is the aggressive one in the relationship. (HINT*HINT) We don’t see Venom itself until about 1/3 of the way through the film but, when Venom does, Venom steals the show!
They are odd bedfellows to say the least. For a movie that was displayed as a serious horror movie, I found myself laughing in so many parts. Venom was a Romantic Comedy this whole time! To be honest, I was getting an Ogie Alcasid and Michael V vibe from this combo of Eddie and Venom. Eddie as the straight-laced guy keeping things in check. Venom being the guy who goes all-out without thinking. This had the whole cinema laughing for most of the movie.
For characters being portrayed by the same person, I found these dual roles very entertaining. This is a movie that I clearly did not expect to enjoy. This may have been unintentional by the creators but, I would like to believe that this was their intention the whole time to surprise moviegoers.
Being not so knowledgeable on the character actually helped. All I know is that the Symbiote came from space and used Spidey as a host for a while. Eddie Brock, on the other hand, I had no idea about the characters besides being the main host of Venom.
Going back. The movie itself would have greatly benefited from an R-18 Rating. This violent romantic comedy needed more blood with Venom being one of the more brutal characters in comics. Not seeing any blood made the movie feel like it was lacking…something. Here’s to hoping the sequel will have the R-18 Rating instead. Movies like Logan and Deadpool have proven that people will still watch a superhero movie even with all the violence.
Some highlights of the film include the car chase scene through downtown San Francisco and the mini-brawl that happened inside the TV Network that Eddie used to work in. The pacing could have used some work as the fast-paced action scene suddenly jumped into a dramatic moment. Everything else was good. Soundtrack was excellent. The supporting cast was decent. Had the movie been just a few minutes longer, I would have liked to see some characters more fleshed out. Anne’s new boyfriend, Dan would have been a fun character to know better. Michelle Williams as Anne could have been utilized better as well. She was barely in the movie and then, everything’s all fine and dandy towards the end. I really wish that was not the case.
Overall, the lack of a fleshed out supporting cast did not ruin my viewing experience. An injection of comedy and romance was a surprise for something that was marketed as a horror movie. If there’s any movie you should see this month, it’s Venom. The best Romantic Comedy of the year.
Final Score: 8 out of 10 Symbiotes
-Steven Maxwell Tan (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @steviesaidyup)