As Life Foundation foot soldiers come to retrieve the escaped alien, Eddie and Venom forge a tenuous bond via an ongoing internal dialogue, even if – outwardly – it seems like the poor human is certifiably insane. As an actor, what we love doing, not everything’s going to make it!
“It’s easy to watch a film like this and wonder why the likes of Hardy and Ahmed – great actors in so many other things – are wasting their talent”.
The symbiote is deadly and compels Eddie to kill once they’ve bonded to one another, but it’s also rather charming and – surprisingly – very polite.
“Venom is a textbook case of a comic-book film that’s unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura”, wrote Gleiberman.
“I’ve always dreamed of being in a movie where the anti-hero has a huge tongue, like the size of a slide”, joked Jenny Slate, who plays Dr. Dora Skirth.
“I think in that first closeup when you see him, when he first appears with Treece, and he’s holding him by the throat, he just looks like he’s actually there, which I’m really proud of”, he said. “And we tried to make it that there was just a real connection between Eddie and Venom, due to their common worldview”. Set in the Spider-Man universe, the film follows journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) as he attempts to take down Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the infamous founder of the secretive Life Foundation. “I feel like we don’t compromise Venom in any real way”. In fact, it seems like a lot of whether you come away from the movie in mildly amused confusion or outright hate has to do with whether you’re into watching Tom Hardy turn in a truly freaky performance.
“There are, like, 30 to 40 minutes” worth of scenes that aren’t in this movie … all of them, ‘ he said when asked in an interview with ComicsExplained about the moves he most liked to film. So it’s hard to decide just how serious Hardy is being. I genuinely don’t envy Fox having to review this, I can’t see me checking this out until its the only thing on a plane flight or I happen to turn it on one day whilst sick and can’t be bothered to switch it back.
Tom Hardy seems like he’s genuinely about to burst out of his own skin as Venom begins taking over his body, and the madcap scenes with Eddie trying desperately to reason with the new voice in his head are laugh-out-loud amusing. And more. And the film is awesome. She did, and with her CV and talent, that was even more depressing.
If, for some reason, you miss the superhero adaptations of the 1990s and early 2000s, “Venom” might be right for you. The script – written by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel from a story by Pinker and Rosenberg – works to flesh out the dynamic between Eddie and Venom, but it often sacrifices actual development for a cheap joke (jokes that, admittedly, do get a laugh). Comment below with your thoughts.