Known as one of Spider-Man’s most notorious villains, Venom is creepy, sinister, and shrouded in darkness, yet the same could not be said for Sony’s second attempt at bringing the character to the big screen. While I do admit that ‘Venom’ brings enough fun to keep it from being a loathsome experience, as a film though, it is on par with ‘Catwoman’ to be one of the worst superhero movies in existence. However, unlike ‘Catwoman’, it is one of those terrible films I would watch a second time for enjoy-ability.
Never once have I expected ‘Venom’ to be one of the best worst movies I have seen in a theater. In fact, I should say it is better than that one Marvel superhero reboot that should not be named (My readers on Facebook will know what I am talking about). Sadly, that is the only good thing I have to say about ‘Venom’. For the most part, it is an exercise to see how much trash you have to dig through to get to the gold. Mercifully, the two hours feel like an hour-and-a-half once reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) crosses paths with the symbiotic goo that eventually becomes Brock’s alter ego known as Venom.
The fun and chemistry lies in the banter between Brock and Venom, as they have both opposite agendas. Brock is timid and only sets out to right the wrongs beset upon him while setting out to expose the corruption in the Life Foundation, where CEO Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) subjects random people to experiments with these symbiotes; while Venom is a daredevil (no Marvel pun intended) who has a hunger for both danger and human flesh (though you will not see any dismemberments due to the film’s PG-13 rating!). Michelle Williams also joins the cast as Brock’s ex-fiancee who is concerned with his behavior and eventually shows up to help Brock in certain situations the script calls for.
As a critic and movie-goer, I would say that ‘Venom’ is like junk food; it may be enjoyable, but that does not mean that it is good for you. Why is it so hard to resist? We know it is bad for us, but at the same time, it is so delicious that it should be a sin. Still, I managed to eat every bite. I should not recommend it, but I will say to consume responsibly at your own risk.