Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, a seasoned investigative reporter in San Francisco. His girlfriend (Michelle Williams) is a lawyer for Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), a geneticist and owner of the Life Foundation. Brock gets wind that Carlton Drake has been conducting lethal experiments on the homeless. The results of a space mission that ended in fiery destruction. Eddie Brock risks his career and relationship to uncover Carlton Drake’s dark secrets. His infiltration of the Life Foundation’s facility becomes a transformative experience.
Venom needed a harder edge, to be bold, and embrace the savagery of the symbiote. Instead it straddles like an insane character of some dramatic sequence. A great cast is also wasted on a simplistic script. The expectations which Marvel fans have is about to be ruined. Besides the fact that Marvel has done great business with its previous films like Black Panther and Avengers-Infinity War, somewhere down the line, it is losing the charm which it used to have in initial days. The film addresses the hunger and inner conflict between the personalities. But it does so in a restrained, light-hearted way. They shall have left the character without restricting it within limits and unleash it to glory. Venom is supposed to tear the flesh to pieces and chew them up.
The studio is still left in the hangover of the massive success of its light-hearted superhero films like GOG and Deadpool. The makers failed to make justice the edged-ruthless character of Venom, and somewhere made it similar to that of friendly neighborhood Spiderman. The only thing which went perfect was the absolute devastating look of Venom. The inky black musculature, razor-sharp teeth, dripping serpentine tongue; Venom is ripped perfectly off the comic book page. The action scenes are pretty much fine and shows the capabilities of the symbiotes. The action scenes were decent, which again goes quite contradictory, the expectations were of quite hardcore scenes.
Apart from the faults, the attractive element which can be appealing enough shall be the performance of stars like Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. Tom hardy, who portrays the character of a real-time looser who happens to achieve all the thrill in his tedious life. His performance was beyond amazing as usual. On the other hand there is Michelle, who was pretty much fine, we hope we could praise her as we used to do earlier. The direction by the director of Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer fails to deliver the terrifying Venom. Cinematography was average, no wondering elements left. The only thing which was constant throughout could be the humor and insanity. Which was not expected but is being served as a desert, a forceful one. The conversation between Eddie and symbiote was sort of hilarious which will make you chuckle.
Cinespeaks Verdict: Overall, film obviously lacks in several aspects, the major one is the unwanted comic. The element which makers felt could turn the table their way, ruined the theme miserably. The look of Venom is perfectly fine, but the qualities it was supposed to possess lacks. The performances are fine though, due to over simplicity in the script, the star power is ruined. Marvel fans should brace their expectations and lower their level of anticipation towards the light-hearted comedy.
Cinespeaks gives 2 stars to the film.
Written by: Aakash Gala