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Venom, A Review

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Venom was a movie I thought I’d be interested in seeing because of Tom Hardy’s role in it, but then never really bothered to seek it out. It sought me out, and I can understand, now, my minor but not motivating interest.

There’s nothing particularly wrong with the movie, but there is also nothing particularly right. The fights are infused with CGI – due to them including either Venom himself or something similar – and so (for me) lacked weight or impact. They also were presented with quick edits and the chaotic, close-in style that can work when it is handled by someone who allows the audience to follow the action, but in this case – and so many others – just hides the lack of good choreography.

Everyone involved in the movie does a fine job, but even Tom Hardy seems to lack real investment in his role. This may be due to the writing, which is pedestrian. Sure, there are some good one-liners, but in general is pretty prosaic and lacks anything distinctive. The characters are not particularly well-developed but fit into standard molds, which likely makes it easier for the writers and directors but gives the audience nothing new or special.

So while everything is fine, nothing is outstanding. If you have the time and it’s playing, sure, give Venom a watch. I don’t think you’ll regret it. By the same token, there are a lot of really good movies out there, so choose wisely.

You can find out more about Venom at Wikipedia or IMDB.