The year is 2018, and somehow there is a Venom movie that has absolutely nothing to do with Topher Grace (the original Venom in Spider-Man 3) or even the current generation of Spider-man films. It is, I think, the first of its kind: taking a villain out of a comic book and making a whole film surrounding him. It seems that after the monstrous success of Deadpool, Sony decided to give it a shot with a popular character that they have the rights to. Apparently, this is supposed to be the beginning of a Venom-verse of sorts that will spin-off the obscure characters that they haven’t been able to play with in the regular Spider-man films.

Of course this new Venom-verse is predicated on whether this first film in the franchise is any good; Sony thought they were going to do the same thing with their ill thought out Ghostbusters reboot, but they lost a substantial amount of money on that. Thankfully for Sony (and anyone who was anticipating this film) this film isn’t bad. In fact, it’s quite a bit of fun. Both Kevin (the site owner and intrepid leader) and I had a great time watching the film. Sure, there are parts that don’t work. However, the film works on the whole thanks to levity and the sheer talent of Tom Hardy.

Here’s the synopsis:

Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.

First things first: this movie was WILDLY mis-marketed. It’s more of a buddy cop film than a horror or even action thriller. It is genuinely funny, and the trailers don’t show that AT ALL. When this movie was initially announced, it was reported that it would be a horror film and most likely have an R rating. Now we know that this was wrong on all counts, yet the marketing team didn’t seem to get the message about it.

As lots of others have said, if Tom Hardy didn’t completely and utterly own his own as Eddie Brock then the film would be a total disaster. He is among the best actors of our time and this film proves it. All the other actors are fine. Riz Ahmed does very well with what he’s given.

The biggest problem with the film is that the script should have had a few more drafts. I wish they would have let Kevin Feige over at Marvel Studios take a gander at it and given notes, because it definitely needed it.

The film is scored by Ludwig Goransson, who also scored Black Panther and is probably the best up and coming film composer. It’s a great score, although not as good as some of his others.

BOTTOM LINE

Venom is a lot of fun, and with a better script it could have been genuinely great. I recommend it to most people, although it is a bit more adult oriented than any of the recent Marvel Studios films.