Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Venom review: Dir Ruben Fleischer (2018), Tom Hardy

Venom review: Dir Ruben Fleischer (2018), Tom Hardy

In a recent interview promoting his new movie Venom, Tom Hardy has said that his favourite scenes to shoot were cut from the final product.

Tom Hardy made waves recently surrounding Venom when he mentioned that some of his favorite scenes didn't make the cut. The trailers suggest a tone that blended dark comedy with body horror, which is one hell of a concotion, and the results are seemingly interesting at the very least. And while critics have yet to officially weigh in on the new movie, Hardy has already had to face the toughest critic of them all: his 10-year-old son.

So far, the movie holds a 30% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and those same critics have not had many nice things to say about the film.

Mashable: A movie that initially seemed just-plain-bad becomes so-bad-it's-good. So what I'm saying is I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson. And I'm talking [from] an actor's point of view. As an executive producer I knew anyway what the story was about and that's not what it was. But the truth [of it] is everything we wanted is in the story. So it's hard to decide just how serious Hardy is being.

Forbes: It's not "good", but it has a self-satirical edge, and Tom Hardy seems to be trying to be the first actor to win an Oscar and a Razzie for the same performance. If anything, Venom sounds like a slice of cinema that will distract audiences from the chaos of the real world, and that's all we can really ask for, right?

And Brandon Davis said: "Action-sequences and Eddie and Venom's odd relationship are the highlights of #Venom but if Sony wants to move forward with a universe, it needs to just keep the few parts that work and scrap the large portion which doesn't".

"If you replaced Tom Hardy for Steve Martin in "All of Me", and switched out Lily Tomlin for a wad of chewed-up black licorice, you'd have "Venom".

I never quite got a read on Venom himself, though.

Venom releases in North America on October 5th, 2018.

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