“Venom” Review


Paige Schneider, Staff Reporter

The last time Venom starred in a movie (Spiderman 3), it was a huge flop. Even the director, Sam Raimi, wasn’t a fan of how the film turned out. He said that, “It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man.” But now, Sony has released a new Venom movie, this one lacking spiderman, and with the main character, Eddie Brock, being played by actor Tom Hardy. Because there is no spiderman in this movie, the producers had to find someone else to play as Venom’s opponent. They chose Carnage, a character who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #360 in the 1990’s.
The movie is about Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) a journalist who has been trying to take down the wicked founder of the life foundation, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). In the process, he has ruined his career and his relationship with his fiance, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). When he returns to investigate one of the founder’s experiments, an alien symbiote later revealed as Venom, merges with Eddie’s body. The reporter suddenly has amazing new superpowers, and an unbearable hunger he just can’t quite satisfy. The movie focuses on the two learning to cooperate with each other and ends up with the pair saving the world from a ravenous symbiote, Carnage. They also eradicate Carton Drake and put a stop to his cruel experimentation.
I enjoyed the movie for the most part. The characters were funny, and the actors did a good job portraying them. The dialogue was interesting, and at no point during the film did I wonder why I had spent 12 dollars on a ticket, which is an often occurrence for me when I do go to see movies in the theatre. What stood out to me the most had to be the CGI. In the first scene Venom arrives, where Eddie Brock is confronting a loud neighbor, and Venom decides to show himself for the first time, it looked very low budget. I’ve heard people compare the scene to a snapchat filter before the snapchat filter of Venom was released, and I’d definitely have to say that there is some truth in that statement. This wasn’t the biggest thing I found wrong with the movie, but it was doubtlessly what stood out to me the most.
Another huge thing I noticed while watching the film just had to be the plot. I understood what was going on pretty well at first, but after an hour or so into the movie, I found myself completely lost. It seemed like they didn’t introduce the main villain, carnage, until the last twenty or so minutes of the movie. And even when I did finally understand that he was a bad guy, I was confused as to what his mission was. Apparently, he was trying to send a rocket to his home planet to bring more symbiotes back to the planet to feed. Still, this doesn’t make sense to me. The whole point of the first half hour of the movie was so the audience can discover that a symbiote can only live once they find a perfect match as their host, and only after that happens they are able to feed. Bringing a whole planet of symbiotes, without hosts, to a place like earth seems like a suicide mission. It just wouldn’t work with the parameters the movie has put in place. I also couldn’t make sense out of why Carlton Drake would so willing help with the demise of humanity. He’s evil, but he seems to thrive off fame and glory. Without the people of, he wouldn’t have either of those things anymore.
Overall, the plot spent way too long elaborating on Venoms origin and left no time for any real action to happen. When carnage did finally show up, the fight scene was rushed, and I was left confused. This is a great movie if you just want a good laugh and aren’t really looking for a consistent plot, or don’t care all that much about seeing Carnage on screen.