Venom is a superhero action film directed by Ruben Fleischer. The plot follows disgraced reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), as he comes into contact with the extra-terrestrial symbiote called Venom. The two team up to save the world and eat some people.
The best thing about this film is the awkward charm of Tom Hardy’s performance. The man can do a lot with very little and through his facial expressions we get a got sense of who Eddie is before we have even spent much time with him, he is a very versatile performer. I have heard a lot of people criticising Hardy’s accent on this one, and I have to say when I first heard it I thought it was bad too, but as the film went on it felt more and more natural. The rest of the cast’s accents are another story, they ranged from unconvincing to bad.
The CGI here wasn’t great, the bike chase showcase everything wrong with it. However, I thought when Brock turned into Venom that looked okay, not great but better. I thought a lot of the action felt very flat, this is a criticism of not just this film but also a lot of superhero films, a lot of the time it was just one CGI fight after another, and it gets a bit samey after a while.
I enjoyed the ‘buddy cop’ relationship between Brock and Venom and I thought the two had great chemistry together, especially towards the end and would like to see it developed further in future films.
Overall, it is better than average, but an overreliance on poor CGI action scenes ended up hurting the film in a big way, Hardy’s performance is able to improve the film as a whole, but not enough to make it good.
Tom Hardy’s performance
The buddy cop relationship between Brock and Venom
The bad CGI
The battle at the end felt generic and been there done that
The accents aren’t good.
Reviewed by Luke