"Venom is a textbook case of a comic-book film that's unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura", wrote Gleiberman. You might assume that Anne's utility as a character is to be a romantic interest that Eddie needs to win back, but there is, no joke, a scene that punctuates on a kiss that unquestionably frames Eddie and Venom's reunion as the relationship we are meant to be invested in, and it certainly calls notions of symbiote gender into question in the process, further cementing the text's unintentional queerness.
Michelle Williams co-stars in a generic Girlfriend Role as Eddie's ex-fiancee Annie, salvaged by one mitigating factor: When she gets a new boyfriend, he's portrayed as a likable person, and Eddie treats him with respect.
"There are like 30/40 minutes worth of scenes that aren't in this movie. Not all of Eddie and Venom's exchanges land as intended, but those that do are genuinely amusing; over time, their relationship even becomes endearing in its own way, which comes as such a pleasant surprise it's nearly enough to recommend the movie on its own". The constant negotiating over bodily control is fascinating and often quite amusing, thus validating the choice to put an accomplished talent like Hardy into the role and allowing him to give two unique and engaging performances simultaneously as Brock and Venom.
Fairing poorly with critics but nearly certain to make a splash at the box office, Venom is set to herald a new beginning for the studio's relationship with Spider-Man.
Venom's beginnings are the kind every comic creator dreams of: the brash introduction that sparks its own expansive life, thrilling fans every step of the way.
"Sadly, Venom suffers from the same lack of cohesion and rejects everything that might've turned it into a badass joyride in the vein of Deadpool or Guardians of the Galaxy".
Hardy is scheduled to appear at a Cameo Art House Theatre screening of "Venom".
Will Spider-Man make a cameo in the film?
But I also found myself thinking about Spider-Man because, well, he's been on my mind a lot recently, thanks to the excellent new video game, Marvel's Spider-Man. "He's as aggressive as fans could possibly hope for, I think". In the game's first act, Spidey puts Kingpin in jail, stops Shocker from robbing a bank, works in a research lab with Dr. Otto Octavius, meets up with his old flame, Mary Jane Watson, attends a birthday party for his aunt, and gets evicted from his tiny, sad Manhattan apartment.
By and large, reviewers have slammed the film for its inconsistent tone, shambolic script that's rockier than the Himalayas, nonsensical plot devices, dour direction by helmer Ruben Fleischer, and confusing campiness that evokes the 1997 trainwreck Batman & Robin, the dumpster fire that was Ben Affleck's Daredevil, and the critically hated Catwoman. You can decide whether to detour from your objective to fight low-level street crime or stick to pursuing the more eclectic villains from Spider-Man's rogues' gallery. When making any project, you always want more footage instead of less, so Hardy's comments from yesterday shouldn't have been automatically bad.
Tom's pursuit is a little more comedic, we must confess, as he did ask for the whole thing. Though early reactions to the film felt mixed in nature, with one watcher declaring it a surreal slice of cinema that feels like it "slipped through a wormhole from 2004" and another writing that it's "pretty much a complete failure", official reviews paint a completely different picture. I have to think that the studio is thinking the same thing and somewhere down the road, the characters will cross paths'.