Venom: What the critics are saying

Venom: What the critics are saying

Venom: What the critics are saying

Venom has quite a lot of potential now riding on it, as it serves as the inaugural entry in the SUMC, or Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters.

Venom is a spin-off from the current iteration of Spider-Man movies, though it is apparently not part of the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe despite its Peter Parker associations.

A disjointed, tonally confused and mediocrely written action flick, the best thing Venom has going for it is that it's not a two-hours-plus affair, like most of its comic book compatriots.

So if you're inclined, check out Venom, and you may not even need an open mind.

One of these symbiotes attaches itself to recently unemployed investigative reporter Eddie Brock (a typically mumbly Tom Hardy), and introduces himself as Venom.

Eddie becomes infected with the space parasite as he tries to expose the devious machinations of a Bay Area tech mogul (Rogue One's Riz Ahmed). Did two back-to-back scenes really just end with someone saying "Have a nice life"? "But I will say that I look forward to future movies where said character could perhaps run across Venom".

A lot of Venom consists of set-up for Eddie Brock and how he will eventually come into contact with the symbiote.

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Venom does none of this.

Michelle Williams will also appear as his girlfriend Anne Weying while Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed will also be playing the dual roles of inventor Carlton Drake and Riot.

As for the script, that's credited to four writers: Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Kelly Marcel, and Will Beall, who have a pretty diverse set of writing credits between them, including a few other superhero movies. Special effects are excellent as you might expect, and if you are wondering when the credited appearance of Woody Harrelson happens, you will have to wait until a third of the way through the end credits.

Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer, who you probably best know for Zombieland (and it's upcoming sequel), though he's also directed 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, along with a lot of TV work. The constant negotiating over bodily control is fascinating and often quite amusing, thus validating the choice to put an accomplished talent like Hardy into the role and allowing him to give two unique and engaging performances simultaneously as Brock and Venom. We also get another doppelganger villain, which fans have been over for some time. I couldn't agree more, and I'm going to bring it up when the next wave of Marvel characters arrives in the early 2020s.

And Bryan Bishop of the Verge said that Venom is "a train wreck of a movie, mixing and matching wildly dissonant tones, freakish plot contrivances, and a truly unique lead performance". While speaking to Comicbook.com, she said, "I like anything that I haven't done before - anything that's new to me".

Carnage is a far more risky symbiote than Venom in large part because its host is already an accomplished criminal before they bond. It falls way short of any Spider-Man film, the highest-rated of which is Spider-Man 2 (93%) and the lowest rated is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (52%).

Both Gaga's "A Star is Born" and "Venom" hit theaters Friday and the "Born This Way" singer's dedicated fanbase has been accused of sabotaging Tom Hardy's comic book movie with phony reviews.

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