Bumping my own thread again to say Mrs. Cups and I saw the movie last night and we both liked the movie a lot.
I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to movies and, like I’ve said and is evidenced by the fact that I keep bumping this thread, I really really love Venom, so I was probably going to like it regardless. But that being said, I did have relatively low expectations for the movie and I was pleasently surprised. Let’s play “like it, love it, hate it”…
Like it: The casting worked well for me. Tom Hardy did a great job playing Eddie the way they wrote him. This isn’t your traditional Eddie Brock and I think Tom did a good job where he could. Michelle Williams was underused a bit when it comes to character, but she was good, too. I was surprised at just how funny the movie was. Eddie and the Symbiote have some funny back-and-forths and I laughed out loud multiple times.
Love it: The overall look of Venom. He was big and scary and that’s pretty much all you need when it comes to Venom. The action and CGI were both executed very well. There were times in the final fight where you couldn’t really tell who was who and it was all just kind of a big blur…but that’s par for the course for most CGI fights nowadays so I won’t hold it against them. Frankly, I thought the final fight in this movie looked better/more realistic than the final fight in Black Panther. Remember when the first trailer came out and Jenny Slate said “sym-BYE-ote” and everyone freaked out? They definitely went and re-recorded that which is both appropriate and hilarious
Hate it: The bad guy’s motivation is pretty razor thin and even more cliche. His character development was pretty much nil as well. I get it because they spend a lot of the movie on Eddie/Venom, but I wanted SOME stakes. Also with plot, you could tell they cut a lot of “Eddie and Venom bonding moments” out of it. Venom goes from “Kill everyone!” to “Save everyone!” on a dime. Including those would have dragged the movie down so, again, I understand it, but it’s definitely noticible. They make a big point in the movie that the Symbiote eventually kills its host, and they even have an extended sequence with Eddie being slowly killed, but then it suddenly stops and now Eddie is fine again? That could have used some explaining. Also how did Venom get into Anne (Michelle Williams) and have her be perfectly fine, too? There were lots of plot points missing.
Overall: Like I said, this movie would have to be Spider-man 3 level bad for me to not like it. While the plot had some pretty big holes in it, Eddie and Venom’s relationship, along with the fact that this is obviously an origin story with the hopes of a larger universe, made up for it. The fights are great, the comedy is there, the CGI looks beautiful and honestly the movie could have been A LOT worse than it was.
Last but not least: The inevitable Carnage tease is in the mid-credits scene. God, Woody Harrelson looks stupid. I wish they would have gone with their first choice of Jackie Earle Haley. At the very end of the credits is a scene/teaser for the upcoming “Spider Man into the Spiderverse” animated movie.