The symbiotic bond between Eddie Brock and Venom is what makes Venom a great movie.
This post for Venom is spoiler-free.
Before watching Venom (2018, directed by Ruben Fleischer), I had already read bad things (not spoilers) about it and wasn’t intending to go watch it—but thank god I did because I really liked the movie!
Everyone would more or less be familiar with the character Venom after its appearance in 2007’s Spider-Man 3—back then it was played by Topher Grace. This standalone self-titled movie follows investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) who becomes the human host for the extraterrestrial symbiote called Venom (voiced by Hardy).
The only thing that was unenjoyable about Venom was the first 10 to 15 minutes of it—basically a chunk of the first act. The sloppy storytelling employed at the beginning showed audiences how the symbiotes arrive on earth, and that’s thanks to the rockets from the Life Foundation—a bioengineering corporation founded by Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed).
The movie only becomes enjoyable after it time jumps to six months later, when Eddie’s failed attempt at trying to do an exposé on Carlton—based on information that he secretly stole from his lawyer fiancée Anne Weying’s (Michelle Williams) e-mail—causes him to lose his job and lover.
Also, like many other portrayals of a journalist in film and TV, Eddie is an awful journalist and definitely shouldn’t be one. I just couldn’t fathom how he failed to do his research properly and only relied on a piece of document that he read off Anne’s e-mail to prep for his interview with Carlton. Additionally, the way he went behind his fiancée’s back and stole her private work information was so despicable and unethical—if journalists in the real world did that, chaos would ensue.
The best part of Venom was definitely the Eddie and Venom relationship that we get to see happen on-screen, and this alone should convince people why Venom is worth the watch and worth a sequel. It’s weird how even though Venom is acted out by Hardy and created using special effects, the “parasite” character feels like its own person as it has its own unique and funny personality. “You are a loser, Eddie.” and “Pussy.” are some of the iconic lines that Venom says in the movie; the latter line made everyone in the theatre laughed because it was so apt for the particular scene where it was used.
A sequel was teased in the mid-credits scene, and I honestly can’t wait for it. Don’t listen to the critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes—those people probably had too high of an expectation of what Venom was going to be. Just know that this movie is going to be full of CGI-ed action sequences that were kind of awesome.
Sidenotes on Venom:
- Eminem’s song Venom that plays during the credits was GREAT!