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Venom Was Flat Out Corny! | Movie Review

Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most significant and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his fiance, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined— where does Eddie end and Venom begin?

Review: All of us have something inside of us that boils with rage. Someone (or something) gets triggered, and wouldn’t it feel great to set that free? How satisfying would it be to chomp some idiot’s head clean off? How fun to show the world what’s lurking inside of you? For Eddie Brock, that monster – Venom – was supposed to be unleashed – and the dark side of his personality was supposed to come out.

What was supposed to be a wild ride, turned out to be a merry-go-round at Disneyland.

He’s dangerous, he’s scary, he’s unpredictable, his dark wit is matched only by his predilection for violence; and it’s all wrapped up into a package with huge, white eyes, a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and a long, writhing, muscular tongue. That in itself is the reason why Venom is one of the most popular characters in Marvel history. At the center of Venom is not one but two antiheroes in one body: Eddie, played by Tom Hardy – the ego-driven, obsessive reporter driven to expose the powerful and corrupt – and Venom, the chilling alien symbiote with incredible superpowers who fuses with Eddie.

Together, they are capable of anything – a terrifying proposition as Venom is fueled by rage. In a truly symbiotic relationship, they will influence each other, for better or worse. However, unfortunately, they missed their mark and it was corny.

I know, what you are thinking, "That sounds great! How could a movie based off one of the most popular Marvel characters be anything close to corny?" Well, my friends, it was.

From beginning to end, it felt as if I was watching a terrible comedy based on a mess of a Marvel supervillain. The fact that the film was rated PG-13 should tell you everything you need to know. Simply put, the film was nowhere near as edgy or exciting as it should have been. Tom Hardy did his best with the script he was given but, "Venom" feels like it was pretty much weak poison.

The CGI was average but failed at a shift-changing fighting scene which reminded me a lot of the fighting scene from "Black Panther" between Black Panther and Killmonger. The scene was just dark and confusing, and you could not understand what was happening. It was a let down. Outside of the chomping off at people's heads, (which is not saying much) there is no rush to see this movie opening weekend.

Sad to say, but you will possibly leave from seeing "Venom" feeling a bit underwhelmed. Yes, this movie has a couple of decent laughs and will likely make you nod at some of its passable action, but it does not make you feel excited that you spent two hours and 20 mins on an average movie. Even the extra footage post-credits did not get me pumped up for part two.

With "Venom" and "A Star is Born" both released in theaters on October 5, it is unfortunate to say that there is zero competition here.

Rotten Tomatoes Current Score: 29%

THAheadline Score (THAscore): 2/10

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