Venom: A Film Review

By: Mimi Anagli

As someone who lives and breathes all things Marvel Universe, Venom was a film that I had been looking forward to for a very long time. When it finally came out and got destroyed by Rotten Tomatoes, I took the attack personally and had to decide for myself, is Venom really worth a 32% rating? Does it really deserve to be ranked lower than Sharknado 3: Oh Hell Yeah? I mean the film has “oh hell yeah” in its title, that should automatically drop it down to at least a 20% rating.

The biggest thing that stood out to me when watching Venom was that it did not feel like a Marvel movie whatsoever. I honestly forgot I was watching a Marvel movie until maybe the last quarter of the film. This clear distinction of who is a hero and who is a villain that we see in every Marvel movie wasn’t present in this film. The audience has to analyze and decipher their opinions on the characters themselves. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that this is a Sony Marvel movie, meaning the film is associated with Marvel but is not directly from Marvel. It’s also not owned by Disney (yet) which, no shade intended, says a lot about why it didn’t have this childhood hero/villain vibe.

I think the reason Rotten Tomatoes gave Venom such a poor rating is because it didn’t have a typical Marvel aesthetic. In their review, they say that the film is “in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man.” In my opinion, that is nonsense. The film is an origin story- it is supposed to set Venom up as a character. With six, soon to be seven, Spider-Man films, I think we can survive 2 hours and 20 minutes without his presence.

Different does not equate to bad and I think Rotten Tomatoes fails to see that with Venom. They were so hung up on how different the film was, that they were unable to see how incredible it truly is, I mean with performances by Academy Award-nominated actors Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson, it is virtually impossible for the film to be bad.

 

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