"Venom" First Reactions Hit The Web & Fans Are Torn Between Praise & Criticism

03 October, 2018, 13:33 | Author: Norman Carr
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RTÉ Entertainment met Riz Ahmed and Tom Hardy in London to chat about their new movie Venom where they were asked if they have undertaken any intense preparations for a film role that would be similar to Wahlberg's.

"We went into this hoping to build it, and I went into it hoping to do something for the next several years and I can invest myself in", Hardy, who has starred in action films like The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Mad Max, noted. "Good for him though man, do you know what I mean?"

The first social-media reactions to the movie poured in Monday night after the film's world premiere, and they paint a mixed picture.

The review embargo for the Venom movie has been lifted and it sounds like the critics aren't liking the film at all.

If the general public is as unsatisfied with the new movie as its earliest viewers are, you have to wonder if Sony will have much of an incentive to bring out a second Venom. I'd be hard-pressed to provide a more nuanced explanation than that, as Venom plays fast and loose with the rules of symbiotes. You can easily imagine Hardy loving to film weird, creepy comedy scenes as Eddie Brock, which director Ruben Fleischer just felt didn't fit in with the tone of the film. "What I've said in the past is that we wanted to push the violence to the hilt". Mumbling around his words, Hardy clarifies that to answer the question of the scene he was most excited in shooting, "I was talking like an actor". And me and the other executive producers know full well that has nothing to do with what's in that story. I want to eat a brian [sic], Eddie.

"The multiple reminders from the studio saying, 'Hey, don't forget we want to make more of these, ' only makes it worse". Nevertheless, would I like to watch a 7-hour version of Venom? Yep!

Venom is a weird beast, because on the one hand it's a very bog standard superhero origin story (even though the movie's tagline tells us the world has enough superheroes) and on the other it's nearly a body horror alien possession movie - but it never quite gets there. I would hate to have to do press for this movie.

Venom stars Tom Hardy as the anti-hero of the same name, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott and Jenny Slate.

Venom is in cinemas 5 October.


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