Written by Franco Grimoldi Calo
According to the urban dictionary, a popcorn flick is “A movie that is mindless fun and has one thing (special effects, action, etc) and nothing else”. That is really all that Venom is. I’m not going to claim that it’s an outright horrible movie, but I’m not also going to place any bets on it during awards season. I just had a really fun time watching Venom, and if its purpose was to entertain, then its mission was accomplished.
The story revolves around Eddie Brock, a hotshot journalist with the perfect life. He’s got a successful job, a beautiful apartment, and a lovely fiancee. All of this is flushed down the drain once he gives a controversial interview with the founder of the Life Foundation, Carlton Drake, as Eddie mentions that his corporation has been using human trials. Six months later, Eddie is contacted by Dora Skirth, one of Drake’s employees who feels strongly against the human trials. Dora wants to help Eddie expose Drake by allowing him to enter the corporations laboratories to take pictures and write an article to reveal Drake’s evil activities. Of course, it goes horribly wrong and Eddie is now the host of one of the alien symbiotes that the Life Foundation tried to experiment merging with humans.
Up until this point of the film, it was pretty good. The characters’ situations were clearly laid out on the table, I felt engaged in the story, and it was only going uphill from there. When Eddie merged with the symbiote, the movie just started going downhill. Not even in a straight path, if anything, I’d say that the rest of the film is a downwards parabola, getting exponentially worse as the film went on. The pacing for some fight scenes and chase scenes were slow and dull, often making me lose focus on the film. The climax came in such a hurry that I didn’t really feel any weight behind it, making the final fight scene seem too messy.
Some hardcore fans of the character of Venom might be very disappointed that his origin story was widely different from that of the comics, TV series, or maybe Sam Raimi’s the not so great Spider-Man 3. H is usual origin story involves Peter Parker obtaining the symbiote, rejecting it, and t hen Eddie Brock becomes the hosty of it. This film completely ignores Peter Parker and Spider-Man, he is nowhere to be seen in the film. SONY, the studio behind the production of V enom, has given Disney the rights to some of Spider-Man, so it’s no surprise that they would want to separate Spider-Man from Venom. Some speculations say that SONY is trying to make a cinematic universe out of Venom’s character, which, if handled correctly, I wouldn’t mind. Anyways, I honestly didn’t mind Venom’s origin in this film. It made sense, and it fit with the universe it was given. As of right now, the character of Peter Parker is literally dust, so it would take more films to explain how Peter got the symbiote, and it would just be too much of a hassle.
Overall, while it’s definitely not the next Shawshank Redemption o r even comparable to Infinity War, V enom was a really entertaining film. At the end of the day, that’s why most consumers watch movies, to be entertained. One can’t watch every movie and expect it to be the Best Picture of that year, it’s just not a realistic mindset. If seen with the intent of being entertained, then Venom i s a great film to watch and I would recommend any fan of superhero, or in this case “antihero”, movies to give it a try.
I give this movie a 3/5.