I haven’t posted a review since…April? Avengers: Infinity War. I have a lot of catching up do with this department. I made up for it on Saturday with Venom. Let me just say that I found it very entertaining.
Some critics didn’t too much like it or cared for the film, but I tend to think these people forget about films, especially superhero films: having a fun ride and that’s what Venom is. A little funny ride.
Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is an investigative journalist who lands an interview with Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), CEO of the Life Foundation. The foundation has sent a probe in space in search of habitable worlds. The probe comes in contact with a symbiotic lifeform. Brock’s fiancé, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) is a district attorney helping with the Life Foundation’s legal defense. Instead of asking about his space program, Brock questions Drake about another subject, which leads with not so great consequences. One of Drake’s scientists (Jenny Slate) approaches Brock with evidence of using human hosts for the symbiotes and wants to expose him. Brock agrees, but what he finds changes his life forever…
Venom maybe a jumbled and the effects still iffy, but it’s still a joyride. Hardy brings the slight gruff and humorous side to the role of Brock. The dialogue between the character and Venom is pretty good actually. Hardy gets an A in my book and the same goes for Michelle Williams. Riz Ahmed brought a dual role in Drake. The sane and the insane human. According to Ahmed Drake is, “trying to envision what the future of life looks like because the human race is almost done” and is “trying to do right by humanity and save the future.” He’s willing to put everything on the line, no matter the cost.
This is director Ruben Fleischer‘s (Zombieland) first foray into the superhero genre. He still has a bit more to go with the genre, but he has a will to learn more. The script and the story may be choppy in the beginning, but again, the action makes it all worth it.
As I said the critics were brutal, but who cares. Venom may not be the best superhero film of 2018. I wanted a joyride and that’s what I got.
Enjoy your holiday Monday, be blessed.
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