“Venom”: A Spoiler-Free Review

Oh, Marvel fans are going to be upset.
When I first saw trailers for this film, I was excited like everyone else. Unfortunately, like too many other people, I wrongly assumed that “Venom” was going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and not Sony. Suffice to say, I was disappointed in the result.

To understand why the result was disappointing without giving away any spoilers, I must explain the comics. I will confess that I am not as well-versed in the comics as other geeks are, but I understand who Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote, Venom, are supposed to be.
Eddie Brock is supposed to be Peter Parker’s down-on-his-luck rival at the Daily Bugle. He gets called out for cutting corners, or something like that, as a photographer and gets fired. As a result, he loses everything. As far as I know, Brock is a jerk who deserves it, but he’s still meant to be sympathetic.

Venom is supposed to be a living manifestation of a drug. He makes his victims more powerful while he slowly drives them into madness and takes them over. First, Venom lived off Spiderman who got rid of him once he realized what he was doing to him. Then, he attached himself to Brock once Spiderman rejected him.

That is the basic story, but without going into detail about how, this movie gets that wrong. I understand that the adaptation had to be changed since Spiderman is not officially in the picture, but it was changed in such a way that it did not do the source material enough justice and the changes that were done made no sense.

And unfortunately, those are not the only problems. The direction is confusing. The actors’ performances are confused. There are holes in the story. The character development is rushed and doesn’t feel fleshed out or that believable most of the time.

The best part of the movie was the visuals. The animation for Venom was breathtakingly good. It was interesting to see how the symbiote moved and functioned.

So, visually, at least, Venom got all the visibility he was waiting for, but sadly, it was not for the movie a character like him deserves.

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