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Title – Venom
Certificate – 15
Director – Ruben Fleischer
Writers – Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg & Kelly Marcel
Starring – Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom), Michelle Williams (Anne Weying), Riz Ahmed (Carlton Drake)
Plot – When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.
Another month, another Superhero movie…but Venom is no ordinary superhero. He’s been classed as an Anti-Hero, a kind of Jekyll and Hyde type character who lives inside Eddie Brock, part of him yet separate.
Venom is a straight-talking being, quipping snide remarks to Hardy’s Brock whenever he can. Hardy also voiced Venom throughout the film, as well as had feedback of the pre-recorded lines into his ear whenever shooting the scenes where Venom it talking in his head.
So before I went to see this film, I heard a lot of negative press and stories about the film…but I was pleased I went to judge it for myself.
It’s fun, it can get a little frantic, but it is worth a watch. I know there’s a lot being said about where the film is pitched in the terms of alignment with the Spiderverse, and indeed the original source comics, but I thought, as a character I knew very little about, it was great.
Also…Tom Hardy was decent. I am not normally a big fan of his due to his incessant mumbling in roles, but he actually sounded OK in this and it paid off.