Venom (2018)

IMDB: [R] When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.
Rating: [7] 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚🖤🖤🖤

At first I was really on the fence about this. I wanted a fun, silly romp with some jokes and fun fight sets. It starts extremely slowly with some tropes built on top of tropes that had my patience running thin. But then, it gave me what I wanted! Some fantastic CGI, fights, and banter! If you can stick it out through the unnecessary setup then you’re in for a joyful time. 

What I Loved:
Again, the CGI in this is pretty good. Obviously, you know what you’re getting into with this one so I didn’t expect many practical effects. Normally my preference is for more practical and less obvious CGI. The banter between Eddie and Venom is fun, silly, and overall what you came to watch for. The fight scenes have some interesting and unique choreography. Plus we really feel Eddie going through this transformation and feeling out of control.

What I Didn’t Love:
The start of this one is so slow and layered with unnecessary tropes and cliches. We laughed at some scenes because of how predictable and overdone they were. Specifically one below in “Tropes” that was driving me up a wall.  The setup just felt “off” and the main characters felt fake and unrealistic. It settled in more once the action started rolling. But it was a pretty long amount of setup with over-explanation to the audience that could have been done through dialogue or scenery in much less time. Overall it felt more like a prequel to a much better second movie in parts. Afterall, I think many of us want to see Venom and the duo continue their escapades.

“We are Venom.”

Wait, what city are we in? Incessant city title cards that are completely baffling. We are shown that we’re in San Francisco via title card when literally seconds later Eddie drives by the San Francisco Port of Authority sign along with other major landmarks. Please, stop! We get it! San Francisco!

Spoilers: Click to Reveal

There’s not much to spoil here in terms of what I want to review. It’s a fairly standard plot but with some interesting execution and a cool creature design.

There’s a mid-credit scene (which – I HATE when you have to wait over 1 minute for an epilogue/cliffhanger) and it seems to setup a movie with Carnage. (Also I’m not familiar with much comic book lore so I had to look into this one briefly.) I’m more interested in that one than I was in parts of this one.