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Review For Hollywood Movies: Venom

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Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom
Michelle Williams as Anne Weying
Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake
Jenny Slate as Dr. Dora Skirth
Michelle Lee as Donna Diego
Reid Scott as Dr. Dan Lewis
Scott Haze as Roland Treece
Jared Bankens as Isaac
Wayne Pére as Dr. Emerson
Peggy Lu as Mrs. Chen

Directed by Ruben Fleischer

Summary:

“Venom” is based on the villain / anti-hero from the Spider-Man comics.

After a spacecraft sent into deep space by Carlton Drake returns to Earth and crashes, it’s surprising cargo is revealed. Drake’s team has discovered amorphous alien lifeforms dubbed “symbiotes” on a nearby passing comet. But after the crash, one of the four captured symbiotes escapes and bonds with a host. With one now loose in the world, the remaining captured aliens are taken back to Drake’s lab in San Francisco.

As Drake begins experimenting with the symbiotes on human guinea pigs, investigative reporter Eddie Brock is tipped off on the illegal activities. An advocate for homeless people in San Francisco, Brock confronts Drake with the accusations….and promptly has his life destroyed by the . He loses his job, his reputation, and his fiancé Anne Weying. Eddie hits rock bottom.

But when Dr. Dora Skirth approaches Brock with new evidence of Drake’s activities, Eddie decides to sneak into the lab where the symbiotes are held. There he’s infected by one of the alien creatures named Venom. Together the two must learn to work together and escape Drake’s forces. But they quickly realize the stakes are much higher when the first escaped symbiote arrives on the scene.

“Venom” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language.

What Worked:

As a lifelong reader of the Spider-Man comic , I’ve followed the character’s long, torturous journey from the comics to the big screen. His first appearance in “Spider-Man 3” was a bit of a mixed bag. But the idea of putting the character in a standalone film, and without Spider-Man, seemed questionable. Then Tom Hardy was cast and I was given hope. And then “Spider-Man: Homecoming” gave me additional hope that Sony knew what it was doing with the Spidey universe. But then they scheduled the “Venom” press screening one day before the theatrical release, typically a sign the film is awful and the studio is doing damage control. So I went into “Venom” expecting a train wreck and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t. That’s not to say it was entirely good, but it wasn’t entirely bad either.

You have to give credit to Tom Hardy – he’s all-in when playing Eddie Brock. Hardy sells the ridiculous concept well. He plays the hard-hitting reporter early in the film, but when he’s infected by the symbiote, he takes on a manic persona. It’s reminiscent of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Venom takes Eddie for a joyride and there’s little he can do about it other than grit his teeth and close his eyes as mayhem unfolds around him. I think there are few actors that could sell this character like Tom Hardy.

“Venom” also gives a surprising amount of character to the symbiote alien itself. We’ve often see it as a voiceless blob taking over Eddie. But in this film it has a distinct voice and attitude. Surprisingly, Venom provides a lot of the humor as it adds violent commentary to what’s happening on the screen. Venom wants to kill, maim, destroy, and eat a lot (like your typical male teenager), and Eddie has to constantly rein him back in. That conflict between the two brings some much-needed comic relief to the story.

While the first quarter of the film is really dull as it establishes Eddie’s character, things don’t get interesting until Venom infects him. That’s when the spectacle you want to see kicks into gear. The action scenes and visual effects are decent. We see many of the tricks used by Venom in the comics – shooting tentacles, biting off heads, etc. We also see spikes shot, blades formed, and other fun stuff. Action fans and comic fans should be satisfied.

There are two bonus scenes – one mid-credits and another at the end of the film. I won’t spoil the mid-credits scene featuring a surprise character, but the last scene is a sneak peek at “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. While “Venom” was entertaining enough, this sneak peek had more action, humor, and artistry packed into it than all of the live action film that preceded it. It definitely got me excited to see more of the animated film coming in December.

What Didn’t Work:

I’ve heard “Venom” described as a throwback to the superhero films of the early 2000’s, and that’s a fair assessment. While it is faithful to the source material, it is a bit cheesier and effects driven than the superhero movies we’re used to seeing now. And when you hold it up alongside “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, it looks very weak in dialogue, action, and characterization in comparison. Simply put, it could have been a lot better.

The centerpiece of the film is the between Eddie Brock and Venom. While that is successful in many ways, it’s weaker in others. The story hinges on Venom actually coming to like Eddie and even becoming fond of Earth and the human race. While there are small attempts here and there to make it believable, it’s largely not believable based on what we see in the final film. I think more time should have been spent on the symbiote getting to know his newfound host and home.

While Tom Hardy carries the film, the rest of the cast is pretty much wasted. Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate have had phenomenal performances in other roles in other films, but none of that talent is showcased here. Ahmed is a generic “Steve Jobs” bad guy. Slate is given little to do beyond delivering dry exposition. Williams gets a little more to do as Eddie’s fiancé Anne, but it’s not quite enough to make her standout compared to heroines in other superhero films. The end result is a cast of supporting characters that do little more than play straight men and women for Venom’s antics.

While I won’t spoil the mid-credits scene, I will say that the character in the surprise cameo wears one of the all-time worst wigs in Hollywood. If that character appears in a Venom sequel, I hope they get rid of the wig altogether.

The Bottom Line:

“Venom” is really only for people that have actually picked up and read a Venom comic book or younger fans. Fortunately for Sony, that’s millions of potential ticket buyers. If older superhero films are not your cup of tea, then you’ll want to avoid this.

 

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The Flash: Nora (Season 5 Episode 1)

The Flash Season 5 Episode 1, “Nora,” is not just a great start to the comic book series’ fifth season, it’s a bold, clear statement that the show is serious about getting back to the things we all once loved so much about it.

At its best, the show is bright and colorful, often managing to feel like a comic book panel from scene to scene. It’s funny, and silly and generally a great time to watch. Its villains run the gamut from the ridiculous to the terrifying. And it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

But what has always set the show apart from other genre properties on the air is its focus on the characters at its center.

No matter what was happening on The Flash, no matter how nonsensical the plots got or how overpowered the villains became, the relationships between Barry, Cisco, Caitlin, Iris and the rest of the rotating cast of Team Flash held the series together.

These are the people we keep tuning in to the show for. Not the over the top villains or nonsensical plot twists involving the Speed Force. That stuff’s nice, when it works.

But it’s not why we’re here.

The Flash Season 5 Episode 1 - Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West - Allen and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen
The Flash — “Nora” — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

“Nora” proves that when The Flash focuses on the characters and relationships at its core, there’s not a better superhero show on television right now.

And hopefully its existence means that the powers that be behind the scenes realize that too.

Yeah, there’s a villain of the week. But Gridlock is generally forgettable as a character in his own right, and important only in that his presence provides the reason Barry and his daughter-from-the-future Nora to work together.

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Oh, and he introduces the mysterious figure that we can all assume will be this season’s Big Bad, Cicada.

But the main focus in the season premiere is squarely where it belongs: on the characters we love.

Nora West-Allen is adorable — effervescent and charmingly awkward, she seems a perfect blend of both of her parents. Her nickname is XS, not because she’s small, but because she’s so extra. Basically, she’s perfect.

And her arrival manages to spark a story that’s grounded completely in the characters we already know and love.

The Flash Season 5 Episode 1 - Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS
The Flash — “Nora” — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Because irony is dead, Barry’s freaking out about the fact that Nora’s presence could drastically change all their timelines.  (Seriously, him lecturing a n y o n e about messing with the time stream is beyond rich.)

Iris, for her part, is eager to get to know her daughter, plus the tiniest bit jealous that Nora has such an obvious and instant preference for Barry.

(See? This is the kind of character work I love. Yes, Iris is jealous, but it’s not a plot point shoved in for story’s sake. It’s just a realistic, extremely human reaction to a difficult situation.)

The fact that there’s a logical, character-driven reason for Nora’s behavior just makes things even better — and more heart-wrenching, in the end.

See, in her future, she never knew her father. Barry disappeared a few years after she was born, and she seems to have spent her entire life trying to live up the legend of this man she never knew.

Nora’s risking destroying her own time line just to spend a day with her father, and if that isn’t just the most Barry thing to do, I don’t know what is.

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The Flash — “Nora” — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

All this eventually culminates in a final showdown with Gridlock aboard a crashing airplane. The sequence is exciting and looks great, but the best part isn’t Cisco vibe-ing the team aboard a falling jet, or the three speedsters saving the day.

It’s Barry Allen, teaching his daughter to phase using the exact same words — complete with a flashback voiceover! — original recipe Harrison Wells told him.

The heart of this show is  — and always has been — the characters at its center, and the family they’ve created for themselves.

And if Season 5’s initial overarching mysteries (Nora, Barry’s disappearance, Caitlin’s resurrected father) are any indication, The Flash seems to have finally realized that that’s a feature, not a bug. Let’s hope so.

Stray Thoughts and Observations

  • Drunk!Cisco is too cute.
  • Bye again, Wally. I’m glad you at least got to say a proper farewell this time
  • It’s a relief that The Flash seems to be making Caitlin’s investigation into her past — and what we have to assume is her quest for her suddenly not-dead father — a priority this season. (But please don’t cram Ralph in there. Those two have next to zero .)
  • Did Ralph’s brain fall out over the hiatus? I can kind of handwave him not knowing that Killer Frost is missing, given that he was trapped in The Thinker’s mind or however we’re explaining all that. But, are we honestly expected to believe that he spent an entire season working with a variety of folks from multiple Earths while portals opened everywhere and he just…what? Never noticed? Spare me.
  • Please everything let this show give me a Grodd and King Shark fight.
  • No one asked for Cecile to still have powers, is all I’m saying. [Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Director Was Energized By Thor: Ragnarok

From Guardians of the Galaxy to Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be taking the superhero genre increasingly away from the old-fashioned archetype of street-level vigilantes, and up into the cosmic unknown. And according to director Simon Kinberg, the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix could be following suit.

During a panel at NYCC, Kinberg cited the interplanetary escapades of Thor: Ragnarok as a source of inspiration for next year’s X-Men sequel.

“[Dark Phoenix is] a movie that goes into space and is cosmic, very much inspired actually by what [Taika Waititi] did with Thor — even though the tone is totally different — but just the ability to make a character movie that still feels grounded, and fun, but is in whole other universes. Jessica Chastain’s character plays an alien, and that’s all I can tell you about that. But, yeah, it’s the Dark Phoenix story and if you’ve read that comic I think you’re going to like the movie a lot.”From Guardians of the Galaxy to Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be taking the superhero genre increasingly away from the old-fashioned archetype of street-level vigilantes, and up into the cosmic unknown. And according to director Simon Kinberg, the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix could be following suit.  During a panel at NYCC, Kinberg cited the interplanetary escapades of Thor: Ragnarok as a source of inspiration for next year’s X-Men sequel.  “[Dark Phoenix is] a movie that goes into space and is cosmic, very much inspired actually by what [Taika Waititi] did with Thor — even though the tone is totally different — but just the ability to make a character movie that still feels grounded, and fun, but is in whole other universes. Jessica Chastain’s character plays an alien, and that’s all I can tell you about that. But, yeah, it’s the Dark Phoenix story and if you’ve read that comic I think you’re going to like the movie a lot.”

At this same panel, the longtime X-Men producer and writer also apologized for mistakes made in adapting the Dark Phoenix storyline for The Last Stand. Since that messily written 2006 film stayed pretty much earthbound, it does indeed sound like Kinberg will be trying something very different for this second attempt, though hopefully the film isn’t just trading a rehash of The Last Stand for an imitation of the MCU’s formula for success.

Previously, Kinberg has compared Dark Phoenix to last year’s highly character-driven Logan, arguing that the film will differ from the overcrowded Last Stand by placing Jean Grey and her dangerous alter ego as the focus of the story. For many a viewer, the Hugh Jackman-led movie served as a much-needed reminder that the X-Men universe was still capable of making us feel invested in its most frequently employed characters, and in the wake of the poorly received ­Apocalypse, this new movie could certainly stand to do the same favor for James McAvoy’s Xavier and his young peers.

We’ll see if X-Men: Dark Phoenix can live up to its influences when it hits theaters on June 7th, 2019.

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