Venom’s first standalone movie hit Philippine theaters on October 4. The comic-based movie is finally out, but not everyone is happy.
Academy Awards nominee Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative reporter who becomes the host of an alien symbiote known as Venom. The 1.5-hour movie revolves around the bond between the two and their hopes of saving the universe from destruction.
Sony Pictures first announced the film last May 2017. Despite Venom not being part of the Marvel Universe, comic fans and movie enthusiasts alike still looked forward to the release. With only days into the showing, Venom hasn’t exactly been getting praises. Instead of a dark and intense R-13 expectation, Sony presented a fun, family-friendly PG-13 movie.
So far it has a 29% Rotten Tomato rating. Many critics have the same sentiments. “If you are a fan of the comic character, you should be pleased with this incarnation just as those unfamiliar with the character will probably find the movie and Hardy’s performance to be off-putting.” Edward Douglas, The Weekend Warrior
“So THIS is why Sony keeps remaking and rebooting “Spider-Man.” They haven’t a clue how to make “Venom” work on the big screen.” Roger Moore, Movie Nation
I’m not a film critic or a hardcore comics fan. From a mere moviegoer, I’d say it’s a fun movie, but not a great film. There were many inconsistent elements, unnecessary storylines, and parts that really didn’t make sense. One of the more redeeming factors was the relationship between Venom and Eddie that showed the effect unconventional friendships can sometimes bring.
With Venom’s first solo movie out, do we hear demands for a sequel? *Kroo, Kroo*