It’s not very often I write a review on a movie. Usually I save my opinion for my Everything You Missed videos exposing all the easter eggs and secrets in a movie. After seeing that Rotten Tomatoes critics gave Venom a 30% on their Tomatometer scale, I felt I had to voice my opinion. I also don’t think I’m alone on this matter.
Since I watch movies for a living I see a lot of theaters. I also have to say more often than the movie industry probably wants me to admit I’m often the only one in the theater watching the movie. Tonight was not one of those nights. The screening I saw was nearly 90% capacity leaving only the neck breaking front row with empty seats. Keep in mind this is a IMAX viewing, so clearly a lot of people were excited to see this.
So let’s talk about the movie, right?! If you have kids even though Venom is rated PG-13 and not rated R, I would recommend you parents watch the movie without the kiddos first. That’s right, date night. Once you watched it, you decide if your kids are mature enough to handle this kind of movie as it is darker than a traditional Marvel movie, and I’m not saying this just because the movie takes place mostly at night time.
If I had to describe Venom in one sentence I would say that it would be like if Marvel Hired Dexter the serial killer to join the Marvel Universe this is what we would see. The action felt so real, I can only imagine what I saw really happened with actual stunts and explosions, and if it was all green screen then we are seeing animation at a level never seen before.
The Venom movie does a great job in making you root for the villain. This is a spoiler free review so I wont say the one characteristic trait about Venom that does creep me out, however if you watch the movie you will know right away what that characteristic trait is, which honestly surprises me that this alone doesn’t make the movie rated R.
On the weird side of things, the parasite sometimes talks to the host body in silly more comical way at times in a out of body experience, and doesn’t seem to fit with the flow of the rest of the movie. Also the movie seems to start slow regardless of the fact that the first scene is action packed. These are really my only complaints about the movie honestly. There is plenty of suspense, and even several funny moments. This is probably the darkest side of Marvel I’ve ever seen, and I hope I see it again.
Even though Jason Statham thinks Marvel movies aren’t impressive saying “I just think it’s just a little… any guy can do it.” going on to say “[he] can take his grandma put her in a cape and then put her in a green screen… anyone can do it.” I would be willing to bet that even he would be impressed with some of the action scenes in Venom.
The only other thing I will say is that it’s a Marvel movie, don’t leave until the credits are done… ALL OF THE CREDITS.