By Erkan Nasirli
Science & Technology Editor
Last Thursday, the film Venom was released, starring Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock and Riz Ahmed as tech billionaire Carlton Drake, and to my disbelief many reliable and trustworthy websites such as Rotten Tomatoes, Empire, and Common Sense Media, criticized the film, and to me, that was shocking because of how much I enjoyed it, for example, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times says, Venom is a tone-deaf, uneven and maddeningly dumb clunker that never settles on an identity, all the way to the closing credits.
Now I have to say, during the first 20 or so minutes of the movie I thought to myself, “what is this garbage?”
But when the major plot twist happened I got sucked into the story.
A review posted on Rotten Tomatoes by Ty Burr of The Boston Globe said, “The chief problem with Venom is that it never settles on a tone. Is it a comedy? Horror? Romance? Drama? Why not try all of them at once?”
The movie starts off a little dark, with a couple of mediocrely frightening scenes for younger audiences, nothing a teenager can’t handle though. The film focuses on the happy life of reporter Eddie Brock, just weeks away from marriage, he has everything he could wish for, until he gets assigned an interview with a very sketchy man, during the interview he asks some dangerous questions, which ultimately ruin his happy life, and influence him to do some things that lead to a deadly conclusion .
I can agree that Venom had many different tones, but for me as a loyal movie fan, I would never say this is a ‘problem’, because what made me love it was the variety of different fun and creative directions the film leaned towards, one minute your creeped out and the next you’re laughing at the great jokes the screenwriters put together.
Matthew Rozsa of Salon.com says, “Certainly I’m in a minority when it comes to my fellow critics, but I liked Venom. Hell, if it wasn’t for the sloppy and formulaic script, I might have even loved it.”
Despite what people like him say I still believe the film was great although I can agree that some parts of the script seemed rushed and not well thought through but, even though I feel that way about some aspects of the story, the great moments outweigh the mediocre ones and ultimately what matters is the end product, and I can tell you one thing for sure the end product was fantastic.
My final review of Venom would be that it’s a fun, action-packed, hilarious adventure, and what makes it even better was Tom Hardy’s ability to fully embrace the role and get the most out of it. Saying Venom deserves a lot more praise than it received would be an understatement.