Let’s start with how this is the closest comic to movie Marvel film to date. Last night I was part of a group who got to see an advanced screening of the movie out this Friday, October 5, and I will say that the general consensus was that Sony and Marvel stayed close to the comic for the first big anti-hero movie we’ve seen. I am a true believer that not every story needs a hero and sometimes the villain wins. While I am an absolute supporter of all of Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed previous performances I walked in with an open mind and super excited to see all of them in one movie. They did not fail. All three brought forth their best in the most professional way that I know also brings out the best in every scene with anyone they work with. Anyone.
As an audience member, I enjoyed the funny parts which were earned. Lately, previous Marvel films have really pushed comedic moments and they come across forced and overwhelming, I’m looking at you Avengers. That is not the case for Venom. While it’s an anti-hero movie, there is an exact balance between the tension the characters require as well as the release that the story needs. All tension and no release is not good on the page or on film. Which brings me to the following: as a writer, I appreciated that every scene and dialogue in this movie is earned. There were no unnecessary scenes that we often see in superhero films (I’m looking at you Superman, Batman, and others).
There is no comparison needed between this movie and a previous characterization of Venom in the Spiderman 3 (2007) movie. Because I’d like to point out just like other people, other critics, and other writers make it known when it’s convenient for them and that I will throw back at you that that characterization exists in a far-long gone Marvel universe that is irrelevant to the one in the Venom movie.
Tom Hardy’s performance brings charisma and character to Eddie Brock who stumbles upon Venom in a heroic way. Eddie’s relationship with Annie (Michelle Williams) is one of the most modern and solely independent characterizations of real relationships I’ve seen in a Marvel film. Their chemistry on-screen is genuine and through their characters truly show us that actions have consequences that hurt for the people involved. Which again doesn’t typically happen in these types of films. Riz Ahmed’s performance as Dr. Carlton Drake is amazing. He takes you scene by scene building up to his villainous stride.
Like all origin movies, it is going to feel like there is too much to take in quickly because that’s how these types of stories are supposed to feel like in the beginning. There is no other way to convey to the audience in an origin story all the important bits as well as the stuff that makes them care for the character without making them feel this way. All of these things take time and in this movie, they achieve it in less time than most. Which speaks to the timely pacing that exists and moves the story forward. I was fully engaged in the story.
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You definitely want to check out Venom this Friday, October 5th.