'Venom': movie disaster or promising start?

Early responses from critics for "Venom" are extremely contradictory, and that makes the audience totally confused.

Sony is welcoming critics to give their comments on social networks, and the movie about Spider-Man's villain played byTom Hardy has been receiving contradictory reviews.

Critics praise Hardy's performance as Eddie Brock-a reporter whose body is invaded, and then becomes Venom. Unfortunately, the Hardy himself cannot save Venom as the whole plot is called a mess.

Brandon Davis of ComicBook.com commented on Twitter: "Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and Venom has some really entertaining moments. A clunky script without nuance bogs the Venom down, preventing it from choosing between being gritty, funny, or something unique. "

Critics praise Tom Hardy's acting, but viewthe whole film as a mess.

Perri Nemiroff from Collider also has a nearly similar point of view when writing: "Significant chunks of Venom don’t work at all but there is some serious charm to the Eddie/Venom relationship. Not sure I had the intended reactions to some scenes but fun is fun - even when it’s totally ridiculous, right? It’s too bad they didn’t go for the R rating though."

Previously, the film caused much suspicion when targeting label PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned: some material may be inappropriate for children under 13). Part of the audience concern that it will make the character Venom, who is immensely violent in the original version, may lose his identity on the screen.

There are still more positive comments, like Beatrice Verhoeven of The Wrap expressed: "Venom wasn’t as bad as everyone was saying it was going to be. Tom Hardy is and always will be a great actor, and I laughed a lot."

A number of critics called Venom a movie disaster just like many failed superhero films in the early XXI century.

However, some other comments are very ironic. IGN's Tom Jenkinson said that Venom was a complete failure, and the movie was an out-of-date superhero-style comedy.

Sam Adams leaves his comment on Rotten Tomatoes where Venom has received only 29% positive reviews: “At the very least, Venom feels as if Fleischer was shooting two radically different movies at once, and even in the final edit it's not clear which he chose.

Critics are comparing Venom with Catwoman (2004) - a catastrophe of the superheroine line has caused Halle Berry to “win” the Golden Raspberry Award. Moreover, the movie starring Halle Berry made many producers afraid to make films about female superheroes for a long time.

Even before its official premiere, Venom made the audience doubt its quality when Tom Hardy blurted out that about 40 minutes had been excluded from the theater version, including some scenes that he really enjoyed.

After that, the movie star had to clarify his former comment on IGN: "That’s been misunderstood. What I’m trying to say is, the question was what scenes I was most excited to shoot… and I was like, there’s a bunch of stuff that hasn’t made the movie. And I’m talking from an actor’s point of view. So what I’m saying is I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. So in honesty there’s probably about seven hours or more worth of footage of me playing as Venom and enjoying myself... Everything I want is in the story. And more. And the film is awesome. And I’m excited and I just want to shoot a sequel.”


By: Chris Stewart

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