OK...so here's my non-spoiler mini-review of Venom. I was by sheer luck able to a get a pass to the Sony Screening of "Venom" yesterday evening (I decided to give it a shot in the last minute...and went to the venue. I was lucky to get it from some good samaritan who had a spare pass when I took a chance and went to see if I could get in..and was not very confident because this is a Sony Screening and they are usually unpleasant in giving passes to anyone who doesn't have officially an invitation to the screenings).
So on with my review...Let's start with the good:
- Tom Hardy does a good, although different, take on Eddie Brock / Venom. Making him be more of a goofball/washed up guy who cracks jokes both intentionally and unintentionally. For me, his take worked in this sphere of this movie. The banter between him and the Venom Symbiote was pretty funny most of the time and quite entertaining.
- The visual effects and sound effects (of Venom especially, Tom did a good job making Venom's way of talking and sound unique and close to how it really should be). The Symbiotes...move very nicely when crawling around etc.
Venom looks in terms of sheer size...like Venom. However, I still do not like the Eyes...they are too narrow...and should have covered most of the face just like how Tod McFarlane had drawn him originally. Also, it's weird seeing Venom WITHOUT the White Spider emblem on his chest. I am guessing Sony's planned introduction of Venom to Spider-Man...and Venom will say something like: "I like that itsy-bitsy spider drawing you have on your chest...but I can do BIGGER and BETTER!" and then just etch the famous Venom Spider-logo on this Symbiotic skin. You can quote me on that when/if this happens in a Venom/Spider-Man cross-over movie. ;-)
- The action scenes with Venom were mostly good and action packed. However, some scenes were too shakey and fast paced and in darkness that you miss a lot of the action details going on in that scene.
- Riot's pretty bad-ass in this movie...and kind of reminded me of the T-1000 with his body-formed weaponry he used to attack or kill people with.
-There's a nice cameo by someone we all know...and love. ;-)
- Look for a Mid-Credits scene that was expected...but the person playing that character was a big and hilarious (in terms of how that person looked) surprise to me...but it worked and if it happens...I think it's gonna be great! 'Nuff Said.
- Look for another End-Credits scene/clip from the upcoming "Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse" Animated movie...it's quite a long clip and is hilarious and peaked my interest now more in watching that movie (Nothing to do with Venom...as they say..."Meanwhile in another alternate (or parallel (or somthing along that line) universe..." before they play the clip).
Now for the bad:
- They quickly reveal a Symbiote's weaknesses and remind the audience of these weaknesses more than once throughout the movie.
- The main villain (Riot) and Venom's motive to fight/face/stop him felt a bit rushed with no really solid reason why Venom would do that...except for a lame reason that doesn't make sense since Venom's symbiote really has not been on earth for very long to come to that conclusion.
- Riz Ahmed (although I liked him in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" as the defective Imperial Pilot who joins the Rebellion)....just didn't cut it for me a really evil-genius type of character. This was a bad choice in my opinion.
- Venom is but one of a bunch of Symbiote's that get out of control in this movie...and one of the plots holes / bad writing is why was he the only one who spoke at the level of a human and cracked jokes and mocked people...while the other symbiotes in general were just like primitive/zombie like with their hosts...no talking...nothing. Is Venom like a high-IQ genius among them (according to Venom...in this movie...he admits he was a loser on his planet like Eddie is to him a loser on Earth). So why the hell is that? Only Riot is as smart or talkative etc. as Venom here.
- I didn't like at all Michelle William's acting or character or anything about her in this movie. She is just...there...to support Eddie Brock..and has this love/hate relationship with him that just is paper-thin in terms of grabbing my interest and is there just to help support his character.
- Few plot holes here and there because of rushing through the story...when it should have had more time given to flesh out the major characters. So bad writing there in those instances.
- The soundtrack does not have a single tune that makes it memorable like in the Raimi's Spider-Man movies...or the Burton Batman movies...or like the original Superman movies. Nothing!
Overall, rushed storyline and characters that were not fleshed out enough for an origin story....but overall an entertaining movie with cool action scenes and VFX...and some funny lines and moments sprinkled in there.
I give it a rating of 3 out of 5 "Legless...Armless...Headless...Turds, in the wind!"
Watch and decide for yourselves...and let us know what you thought of the movie here too! Cheers!