Think ‘Batman’, and you have your basic anti-hero structure that is ‘Venom’…only darker. A lot darker.
Like, eat-the-bad-guy darker.
From the same neighborhood as ‘Spider Man’ comes Marvel’s ‘Venom’, a flawed but entertaining offering. If this flick emerges as slightly disappointing for those hungry for the usual big screen superhero venture, it’s likely because it differs from the usual blueprint. Here, there’s less spandex….but a LOT more black extraterrestrial goo.
Tom Hardy stars as journalist Eddie Brock, host of his own TMZ-like program, and engaged to a high-profile lawyer (Michelle Williams). It’s when Brock is encouraged to do a piece on Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), founder of the Life Foundation and rumored to be testing illegally on humans, that the reporter tumbles into a heap of trouble – not only because Drake is being represented in court by his fiancee, but in nosing around his lab, he gets infected by alien slime that gives him super strength.
Before you know it, Brock is hearing voices inside his head and pummeling thugs in the form of a creature he self-describes as “a parasite”.
I didn’t dislike ‘Venom’, but I will admit that it was SO reliant on CGI tricks that it failed to find the blend of humor, charm and adrenaline that has become Marvel’s staple. I can’t imagine exactly how worse off the picture would’ve been without an actor the caliber of Hardy leading the charge – but perhaps, I just don’t want to.
Enjoy ‘Venom’ for what it is…a loud, slightly murky, but energetic ball of sludge and chaos that has its moments. I have a hunch, given the finished product, that we ain’t getting a round two.