Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Venom: What the critics are saying

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Ivan Hill | 05 October, 2018, 01:30

JoBlo: This won't change how you view superhero movies, but it's a great escape nonetheless.

The upcoming superhero movie is slated to be released in the US on Friday, October 5 and was just released in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 3. The movie also stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed.

Venom is an alien who co-habits the body of a human played by Tom Hardy.

You control the way he swings through NY, where he goes and what tasks he chooses to complete.

The Verge's Bryan Bishop wrote that the British actor gave a fully fleshed-out, "capital-P performance" Venom.

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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. With Disney sitting this one out - its next film is next spring's Captain Marvel - and Warner gearing up for Aquaman's Christmas release, the real battle for the universe would seem to be between studio titans, not alien beasties. Partly, this is due to the fact that, as an origin story, this one seems rote and unimaginative.

Whether it's successful remains to be seen, but before we get to the Venom movie that does exist, I wanted to take a look back at the other attempted adaptations of this character over the years.

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Tom Hardy poses at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes.

The movie contained two end-credits scenes with intriguing revelations.

When an outer space research vessel comes crashing to Earth with a sinister black goo aboard, the planet is ripe for invasion in director Ruben Fleischer's Venom. Exhausted of the same old bland Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings? Hardy has the unenviable task of taking the truly unlikeable character of Eddie Brock from the Spider-Man comic book franchise and making him relatable and at least somewhat sympathetic. "What I'm saying is that I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom".

The first act of "Venom" is incredibly long, spending too much time on an exposition that is all for show since there are no emotional beats to turn for its characters.

Hardy flings himself into the role, bouncing all over the place like a man possessed (which he is) and doing whatever the screenplay calls for, whether it's sitting in a lobster tank in a fancy restaurant (don't ask) or exchanging wacky banter with the alien inside of him or chatting it up with caricatures such as the sunny homeless woman Maria (Melora Waters) and the judgmental bodega owner Mrs. Chen (Peggy Lu).

There's a lot of potential here though, if they made a decision to dig deeper and with Venom's penchant for eating people, you'd think they'd go for a higher rating and go gruesome.

The spinoff - the first entry in Sony's proposed Spider-Verse - isn't connected to Marvel's extended cinematic universe, but it's easily the worst Marvel-affiliated title to hit screens since 2005's Elektra.

But just before that deal went through, in 1997, a Venom movie was actually being developed at New Line Cinema. In the lead up to this film's release, reports emerged suggesting that Lady Gaga's fans had been writing fake reviews of Venom as a way to sabotage its box office performance, thereby helping the opening of Gaga's film A Star Is Born.

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