11 years ago, fans were given a live-action adaptation of the Marvel comic book character, Venom, in Sam Raimi’s third installment of the Spider-man trilogy. The result: it left both fans and critics disappointed. Now, with Sony’s latest version in theaters, audiences can expect a more familiar interpretation in terms of character, however the same cannot be said for almost anything else that unfolds throughout this film.
In “Venom,” you have Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, who eventually comes into contact with the species known as Symbiotes. One symbiote in particular, Venom, comes into contact with Eddie, leaving him to be the host for the Venom symbiote. One of the very few bright spots can be found in the relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom. The dialogue they share is comical and a little more meaningful, their understanding and respect they share . It’s like if they were a newly wed couple that you would see walking down the street and you would think: “Those two work well together.”
As for Venom himself, Whenever he comes out on screen, he reveals the anti-hero we all know and appreciate from his time in the books of Marvel. Unfortunately, there is still room for improvement. The action sequences are acceptable but they could’ve gone the extra mile to display the full violent potential that should’ve been given for these symbiotes. Another one of the better decisions was giving the title character his own film rather than sharing the spotlight with a certain webhead.
When Eddie is not acting like a giant-sized parasite, he is a decent, honest, reporter who is not afraid to go after the facts. When he uses those facts against Carlton Drake, portrayed by Riz Ahmed, and his company, the “Life Foundation” that is
obsessed with all things science, and improving the human species at an unethical, accelerated rate. Carlton Drake also comes into contact with a symbiote known as “Riot,” whose own evil plan is as unoriginal as it is dull. This kind of portrayal offers
nothing that hasn’t been seen before.
As For Eddie’s love interest, Anne Weying, played by Michelle Williams, her role throughout, feels absolutely unnecessary. Her relationship with Eddie felt more as a distraction, than a meaningful on-screen couple. This could’ve been done without her in
order to focus more on Eddie and his relationship with Venom.
While a few things were done right, more could’ve been done that would’ve resulted in a better outcome. A scathingly bad script with a powerful character that wasn’t handled properly – similar to how “The Wolverine Trilogy” began – could be improved. All Venom needs to act as a real contender is a more recognizable, compelling, villain. (If you stay for the mid credits scene, you’ll know what I mean.) Also, a stronger focus and development between Eddie and Venom would have been nice. Finally, a story from the comics that is worth telling on the big screen would improve the movie. Sadly, those aspects were not displayed properly for this first outing; however, not all hope should be lost for this franchise that’s trying to get it’s feet off the ground.