Venom Movie Non-Spoiler Review

Venom Movie Non-Spoiler Review


Jay Cochran - October 07, 2018
Obviously I am a bit late to the party with this review. Iíve been tied up covering a little event called New York Comic Con so did not get a chance to see the new Marvel Venom movie from Sony until last night.

I did catch a few of the early reviews for the film that compared it to the likes of Catwoman, so honestly I went in last night with pretty low expectations. To my surprise the movie wasnít nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. That is not to say this is a great movie, because itís not. At best I would call it a mediocre movie with a number of spots that will make you laugh, mainly at the internal interactions between Eddie and Venom.

The overall story is so-so with a plot that involves a corporation called the ďLife FoundationĒ led by a madman CEO named Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) who manages to obtain sentient alien lifeforms known as Symbiotes that he wants to merge with human beings to support life off-planet.

Without going into too many plot details, Drakeís plans go wrong and one of the Symbiotes merges with a washed-out reporter named Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy). After that, you are treated to some good comedic moments and multiple action sequences including a wild motorcycle chase through San Francisco and a climactic battle with the villain.

The CGI is decent but a little iffy at times. Compared to modern Marvel Cinematic Universe films like Infinity War, the CGI is somewhat laughable at times.

Like I said, the saving grace is the interactions betweenn Eddie and Venom. I also recommend staying for a very cool after-credit scene.

With the weekend just about over, I am guessing most die-hard Venom fans already took the plunge to see the movie. If you havenít, the movie has just enough to make it worth going - although I might recommend a cheaper matinee screening. If you arenít a huge Venom fan or think this will reveal anything new about Tom Hardyís Spider-Man, then I would say with wait for home rental or pass all together.

Grade C

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fleskz - 2018-10-19 @ 4:55 pm
On 10/15/2018 at 2:56 PM, Remus said:

The movie is far from perfect, but it's not bad at all, it's pretty dang good, and I dont say that about Marvel movies often. Hope the sequel will happen to be, and will happen to be even better.

I heard pretty bad things about it. But I love venom and tom hardy, so I'll definitely be there!

versus_mode - 2018-10-16 @ 1:07 am

Huge Venom fan, but I think I'm just going to wait for redbox.

Remus - 2018-10-15 @ 7:56 pm

The movie is far from perfect, but it's not bad at all, it's pretty dang good, and I dont say that about Marvel movies often. Hope the sequel will happen to be, and will happen to be even better.

Supersmashfox64 - 2018-10-15 @ 4:50 pm

I enjoyed this movie! I can say its worth watching, but probably not worth owning. Its a good film! The standard plot kinda keeps it from being a great film. It'll be interesting to see where they take this franchise.

rychehitman - 2018-10-14 @ 8:59 pm

Critics should never be listened to when it comes to comic book adapted material.

I was surprised at how good Venom was. Was it perfect? No, few flicks are. Did it work for what it was trying to do? Yes, it did. We all knew going into this it had nothing to do with Spidey...so to say that as a negative is not fair to the film. I feel bad for Tom Hardy. I think he did a really good job in the role of Eddy and would like to see him continue that in future movies...but alas, once Venom gets in the Marvel Studios reboot he is unlikely to come along for the ride.

FASVB - 2018-10-10 @ 5:29 am

Well I saw it at the premiere and I was also with low expectations, however to my surprise I thought it was a very fun movie. Started slow and building up until Eddie gets Venom. It was very interesting from that part one. My wife is very nick picky about effects and CGI and though it was very executed for what it was.

To compare it to MCU is not fair at all. They proposed to do something and in the end they delivered. Would be a better movie if it was R rated with more gore.

I watched Shartimus Prime movie review and I agree with him almost 100%. One of my biggest disappointments was that after seeing the movie I got the idea that the trailer showed too much and took away some of the surprises.

Bottom line I would not dismiss this movie so easily neither brand it as rotten. People should go see for themselves and stop worrying about the critics. I was have in my mind that msot critics don't like movies, If they don't get it or something like that they will bash it.

Falls22 - 2018-10-08 @ 3:41 pm
11 hours ago, GojiBill said:

Yea, I was really hoping Sony would have learned from their mistakes and at least partnered with Marvel Studios to pursue this movie. They had to know the longevity was going to be limited without MCU. Spider-Man is essential to Venom, just like Batman and Joker, Superman and Luthor. You cant have them existing separately if you want a lasting franchise.

Exactly! You cant have Eddie Brocks Version of Venom without Spidey!

GojiBill - 2018-10-08 @ 1:04 pm
30 minutes ago, Hogun said:

I kind of liked it. I mean it isn't as bad as people say it is. I didn't like it the first time. But after seeing it a second time, I liked it more. I do think there were too many forced gags in the movie and if the movie was R-Rated, it would have been better.

I heard the same about the R rating issue. It sounds like the studio had too much control and wanted to maintain the PG-13 rating for a wider audience. Shouldve followed the Deadpool formula. Movies meant to be R rated need to be R rated.

Hogun - 2018-10-08 @ 12:31 pm

I kind of liked it. I mean it isn't as bad as people say it is. I didn't like it the first time. But after seeing it a second time, I liked it more. I do think there were too many forced gags in the movie and if the movie was R-Rated, it would have been better.

JoelMtz30 - 2018-10-08 @ 4:28 am

For me when I read critics about a movie that I want to see when they said is bad it makes me wanna go faster to see the movie to check if they were right or wrong

And when someone tells me a movie is real good I take my time to see it because I know what to expect

But Venom was good for me

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