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Review: “Venom”

Photo courtesy of: gamespot.com

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Macy Dietrich, News Editor

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Movie: Venom 

Director: Ruben Fleischer 

Starring: Tom HardyMichelle WilliamsRiz Ahmed 

Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller 

Rated: PG-13 

Grade: B 

 

So Marvel, what happened to Spider-Man? The new Marvel film, “Venom,” offers a twist from the 2007 film “Spider-Man 3”, where the character, Venom, was originally introduced. “Venom” is thrilling, action-packed, and an overall comedic film.  

The movie revolves around Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), an investigative reporter, who stumbles into the unfortunate situation of encountering a newly discovered alien species known as symbiotes. The symbiote that invades Eddie’s body goes by the name of Venom and becomes his alter-ego. Confused and horrified about the changes occurring due to Venom, Eddie is forced to befriend his new alien companion and comes to realize that he must depend on Venom to save his life.  

Although the film was engaging, it can be considered a letdown for Marvel fans who expect the appearance of Spider-Man. Originally, “Venom” was written to be its own film, separate from other Marvel movies, offering a connection or reference to Spider-Man. In Spider-Man 3, Venom and Eddie bond over their hatred for Spider-Man, working together to go after the one they loathe. Without Spider-Man’s appearance in “Venom,” the movie was forced to recreate a new storyline, which disappointed some viewers. 

“It’s disappointing to see Sony’s nascent, fumbling attempt at a Spider-Man without Spider-Man universe stumble through so much superhero-move detritus,” movie reviewer Jesse Hassenger stated (avclub.com). 

Mike Ryan, senior entertainment writer at Uproxx.com, counters the reviews of critics like Hassenger and writes, “So, here’s the thing about “Venom”: Get as many friends as you can, go to the theater, buy tickets for “Venom”, then have the time of your life as you laugh and laugh.” 

The special effects were outstanding. Venom was brought to life with the use of special effects allowing his character to envelop Eddie’s body to expose his true form, a ghastly, sickening, black creature not from this world. This made the film more enjoyable, watching this creature take control of Eddie and take matters into his own hands.  

Overall, if you are looking for an action, sci-fi film, “Venom” is the movie for you. If you are looking for a recreation of Spider-Man 3, keep your mind open, this film is different than what you may expect.

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