You're Trash, Brock: Venom debuts to predictably bad reviews
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In “Venom,” the spectacular but mostly derivative and generically plotted new comic-book origin story (it’s the first installment of the Sony
Universe of Marvel Characters), Tom Hardy is afflicted with an otherworldly force that invades his mind, his body, his very being. It’s
called the desire to act like a stumblebum Method goof. The symptoms, which are highly visible and dramatic, range from a propensity for bug-eyed staring to a tendency to swallow each line with a kind of renegade doofus mumble, in a way that leaves Hardy sounding like a cross between early Marlon Brando and late Adam Sandler.
Tom Hardy’s committed performance can’t overcome a painful script and indecisive direction, resulting in a film with a personality that’s as split as its titular character. There are occasional moments of brilliance in the dynamic between Eddie and Venom that give a hint of what the film could have been in steadier hands, but ultimately, that only makes the finished product a more frustrating viewing experience.
The pervasive lack imagination of this film under the auspices of director Ruben Fleischer, in his first feature outing since the dreadful Gangster Squad in 2013, makes one appreciate the thought and care that Marvel has lavished not only on the likes of Black Panther and Captain America but even on more minor-league entries such as the amusing Ant-Man titles. Everything here seems by-the-book, without amusement or surprise, save for Stan Lee's more extensive-than-usual last-minute cameo.
Venom has all the ingredients of a decent superhero movie--10 or 15 years ago. With spotty CGI, poorly drawn characters, tonal inconsistency including forced "edginess" and awkward humor, sidelined female characters, and even cringeworthy licensed musical cues, it feels like a relic from the distant, pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe past. That may in part be attributed to the fact that it's been in production in one form or another since at least 2008. But its problems go way past simply being "old school," and ultimately, Venom lacks the charm, clarity, and ambition superhero fans have come to expect.
Venom renders the anti-hero’s mano a mano fights against obsidian snot monsters with the latest CG globule technology, but the movie’s highs come when Hardy treats the Spider-Man spinoff like a Little Shop of Horrors remake starring mid-’90s Jim Carrey. That may underwhelm comic readers of the ‘90s, promised a faithful standalone movie year after year after year, but it’s enough to leave this Venom skeptic wanting more. Which isn’t to say that the hilarious half of Venom wins out in the end.
Metacritic has gone up two points since the image was taken, but don't expect it to stay there for long.
If we extrapolate, then the score should be up to 100 in an hour or so. Thanks for the heads up OP, gonna pre-order my tickets.
Oh man. I was kindof expecting this. Looks like I'm going to take a hard pass on this
I wonder if this is down to the studio meddling or whether the film was always going to be dogshit.
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Thing is, if it was getting reviewbombed then legit good reviews would poke through.
We aren't getting any of those. This is the next Suicide Squad.
so people are gonna be getting trashy tattoos of this?
I mean, possibly? Given the subject matter, I imagine the movie might get its underground following of people with bad taste but I really don't give a damn either way
The assumption that review houses and lady gaga fans are the same thing is yours, I'm not insinuating they're remotely related, though three of those review are hilariously political, which is the hallmark of a shit review from a shit reviewer...
none of which has to do with the movie being better or worse because of it.
See good ass reviewers lay out the objectives and the facts then segue into their subjectives framed on those objectives. Shit reviewers rely on meme level commonality arguments and temporalizing conventions.
Sucks to see since it would have probably been pretty good, or at least more than acceptable if they had left it at the R rating... I'm sure they'll make more money this way, but is it worth it to hurt the actual brand in favour of an immediate payout?
Sony Pictures make some incredibly bizarre decisions, like absolutely baffling ones
so basically Spider Man 3 is still the best Venom movie?
Best Spiderman movie*
Say what you want about Spiderman 3, but at least it feels like it was directed by a human, not a corporate committee.
That's the funny part, Sony was really pushing hard to push most of 3's horrible shit on Raimi.
I genuinely love all three Spidey movies, and go back to 3 a lot. That scene is unironically one of the best scenes in any of those movies for the sheer comedy value alone, but on top of that, it's in there to display Peter's false confidence due to the symbiote, and does so fairly well(asides from Elizabeth Banks' character genuinely falling for his false confidence, which I've never understood). Most of the people exposed to this side of Peter act either confused or disgusted, such as Jonah and the women on the street.
I mean I posted the clip as a joke, but I'm definitely a huge Raimi-Spiderman fan lol
I will always take an opportunity to post this:
Some shit on reddit about r/movies moderators deleting posts negative about the film.
Venom put her son in a coma?
well apparently it's pretty bad so I mean
Poison control is gonna have to prepare to help all these people getting sick of this Venom movie
The difference is people were hyped for suicide squad. I didn’t even know this movie existed.
All right Sony, now just shove Venom into a cupboard for ten years and bring him back for Spider-Man Homecoming 5 or something like that.
This makes me sad. I love Venom. I mean c'mon he's a pretty badass character, and his story is actually really good. I atleast hope it's good enough to watch at home as a chill movie. Venom honestly could've been a juggernaut for them, but no, always gotta fuck up the good shit.
Thanks for the reminder it comes out in a couple days, gaga fucks
The moment that "Tom Hardy says his favorite 40 minutes of the Venom movie were left on the cutting room floor" article came out I knew this was going to be a flop. It's a damn shame, too.
As someone who only peripherally pays attention to superhero films: Hearing the R rating was dropped in exchange for mass market penetration I was just like, "Oh so I should skip this one?"
I just get the impression that this movie is like the radio version of an explicit song. No thanks.
I'm going to wait for the audience score, cause that is the one that truly matters.
Does anyone else just ignore critic ratings/reviews on movies nowadays? I never find them to be all that helpful, there's plenty of movies with awful critic ratings that I really enjoyed. Usually user scores/reviews tend to be a bit more accurate in terms of the actual quality of the movie.
"See, we're actually GAINING arctic sea ice!"
The new Death Wish movie received a lot of bad critic reviews but the audience loved it. I could be wrong but there might be an ideological divide between normal people and the majority of critics.
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