Today we’re talking about the 2018 film Venom.
I was surprised at how predictable the movie was. It felt like an older 2000’s or even 1990’s superhero movie. Overall, it was less than I expected but I did appreciate the humour and transparent stand-in for a few real life billionaires.
The actors were significantly too good for these roles as written and it made them look bad. The script was ham and the actors played into it; some in a good way and others not so much.
The banter between Venom and Eddie is a lot of fun, but the majority of the plot dialogue is boring and trite. The love story was disinteresting and even the considerable skills of Michelle Williams didn’t save her from being a cliché.
Visuals and Music
The visuals were okay but not amazing. The fight scenes, especially the bike chase, were impressive.
The music was okay and did was it was supposed to do, but wasn’t memorable.
I watched this one on my own and I think that was for the best. The kids wouldn’t have liked it and my wife would have gotten annoyed.
It was entertaining, but not enough to make me not want to look at my phone.
It’s a semi-competent superhero origin story. It spent too much of its runtime on a derivative plot when it should have concentrated on the Odd-Couple style shenanigans of Venom and Eddie.
Final Score: 2.5 stars out of 5