Short Attention Span Review: Venom (2018)
Because Tom Hardy, that's why. What else could it be? Venom is not a great movie, oh no, far from it, but it is way better than it has any right to be. Why? Please revisit that first line, good people. It simply has to be Tom. Tom is invested. The script is an exercise in contrived mediocrity. Tom is quirky. The direction is so bland it makes vanilla seem like the most daring of flavors. Tom is funny. This is a movie about Venom with no real ties to Spider-Man whatsoever. Tom is exciting. Both the special effects and the choreography for this film could accurately be described as run-of-the-mill for the industry at large--and may even rate as subpar if compared to most films repping the current superhero craze. Tom is unpredictable. Venom is a by-the-numbers comic book adaptation that has more in common with Catwoman or Spawn than anything Marvel has produced in the last decade. Despite my love for Tom, when you do the math here, it should add up to a lousy review, right? Wrong. Because Tom Hardy, that's why. Venom should rate as an insult to webheads like me, but Tom's gonzo performance makes it a curious success. There are moments when he seems to be channeling vintage Jim Carrey, I shit you not, and while I can't say that I agree with all of the choices he makes in this role, it is his schtick that makes this rabble worthwhile. I'll also give props to the sound design where the symbiote's voice is concerned, and the only thing the filmmakers do that matches Hardy's zeal: centering this tale on the relationship between a strange man and a much stranger creature. And the fact that heads are bitten off is never a turnoff for yours truly.
Final Grade: C+
|It's a love story, really. A love story about a boy who meets a parasite. |
Like when Kurt met Courtney, only this time the parasite is from another planet.