VENOM: a scintillating mess

The doomed nature of Venom is evident in its film universe too – the Venom symbiote requires a perfect match to bond with its host, if it fails, then the host is doomed. For someone whose guilty pleasure is Spider-Man 3 which was peak cheesy and meaty – Venom beholds as a doomed host. The Spiderman nemesis seen in Spider-Man 3 (2007), now gets a standalone film; while the trailers were quite evidently meaty, unfortunately, Venom ends far-fetched.

Journalist Eddie Brook (Tom Hardy) tries to take down Drake (Riz Ahmed), a founder-scientist of Life; alien Venom merges into Eddie’s body and controls him. Venom plays out as a mindless entertainer, its formulaic script works as a weakness as well as a strength. Weakness, as it mindlessly proceeds without hesitation to build a consistent universe or even a script. The tone keeps shifting, once its a comedy and even a blatant midnight horror film. Even in its formulaic nature, Venom is a cringeworthy yet fun ride. It’s rather a scintillating mess, especially when Venom and Eddie banter being the only memorable takeaway. With back-to-back Superhero films lately, Venom strips as an Anti-Hero but without any novelty apart from a symbiote exchange (probably?).

Writers Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel trade or borrow the themes from other Superhero films including Spider-Man franchise. Venom is packed into a traditional Spider-Man format – journalist inherits superpowers, takes down a corrupt founder/scientist and saves the world. There’s nothing substandard in offering the same format, at least Venom could’ve dealt the format in more consistent manner, with one-dimensional characters it becomes standardised. Although running at 2 hours, Director Ruben Fleischer keeps the note repetitive, while exploring dark downtown of San Francisco. Venom features extraordinary CGI-effects, especially conversational symbiote and a tussle between two towards the climax (not a spoiler).

Tom Hardy as Eddie Brook brings the charm, his sparkling sincerity while pursuing mundane activities or intensity while being controlled end on ranging key-note. Michelle Williams as Eddie’s love interest, looks lost amidst a chaotic universe while Riz Ahmed as Drake underplays with an evil performance.

If only Venom released a decade ago, it may have fed the teen sucker, who might’ve excitedly accepted the flat yet entertaining anti-hero film. But, the symbiote has other plans…


Language: English
Release: 05 October, 2018
Rating: 2/5


Copyright ©2018 Ninad Kulkarni. This article may not be reproduced in its entirety without permission. A link to this URL, instead, would be appreciated.

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