That’s all I have to say.
No, but seriously, this is my new favorite Marvel movie (previously it was Deadpool). Also new favorite Marvel character. I am utterly in love, and want to get a pet Venom myself. My life has become infinitely better since I also discovered that my love can make the Venom voice. To express my joy and avoid spoilers, I am now going to give it the most vague and uninformative review in the history of the internet.
After seeing next “Fantastic Beasts” recently, my expectations regarding movies went very low to avoid another disappointment, mainly because I was very excited to see this movie, but the plot (or rather lack of it) completely ruined the experience for me. The title was basically a scam. It should have been called “Fantastic Beasts – A Boring Prelude To 5 More Upcoming Movies To Make The Money Rain”. Luckily Venom filled the void in my heart, and let me find the pleasure in watching new popular movies again. I laughed through almost the entire movie (and not just because Tom Hardy looked ans spoke exactly like Roy from IT Crowd). The humor of the movie really resonated with me, and it was the most enjoyable pick I could have made for a date night.
End of the review.
Now let’s get to the actual spoilers and discussion.
What I liked the most, aside from Venom himself and the humor, is that it was one of very fiew movies where people directly and without pardon address climate change and how it’s humans’ fault. The antagonist, who owns a scientific corporation with goal to assure human survival in space (which is a common thing to do among real enterpreneuers who have enough money to make such investments) instead of actually fixing Earth’s problems (also typical), despite being an obvious psychopath, he is one of the so called ‘useful psychopaths’. His motives aren’t just ‘I am evil and want world domination’, which pisses me off usually, because that’s just lazy writing of naive stories for children – what he does is actually what many people in his position would do. Lab tests ran on animals were shown as cruel (as they should be, but that I will speak about in another post), and so were tests on humans, but that didn’t change the fact, that in the story they were necessary. It was nice to see an actual struggle that people really encounter in real life, which is to decide what is the greater good, and what are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of it. Morals are a grey area, nothing is black and white. In general, I see that there is a major issue with common folk to accept climate change as fact. Sadly, they aren’t in position to make informed choice, because they’re not scientists, and often they distrust scientists, and don’t even how to do research. They rather choose to believe in whatever is comforting for them and it’s difficult to address the issue with facts and scientific data, because they simply don’t understand it. So perhaps if we show it in popular media, just like movies, and portray it as something obvious and undeniable, they might rethink their beliefs. Given that the only way to fix this is to have as many as possible people informed about it, this is a good step towards it. Hats off to Ruben Fleischer, really.
Another good point of the movie was relationship between the main character and his fiancée. After their break up, Eddie takes responsibility for what happened between them (rightly so), and Anne isn’t antagonized, and neither is her new boyfriend. On the contrary, they are both presented as decent people. I dislike when in fiction people project things on the characters, make a Mary Sue out of the main character, and everyone else is made to be just an environmental variable for the Mary Sue to be victimized or idolized by. In Venom all characters have depth and are their own unique persons. Nobody is reduced to 2D caricatures of three traits top, which I really appreciate, because it makes the story realistic and enjoyable.
Third thing that I am going to point out – the women. I would easily call this movie extremely feminist. This is how I want women to be portrayed as. Different characters from different backgrounds, no idiotic stereotypes. We have Anne, who is a strong-willed, proud woman who is very rational and down to Earth. She makes career and is a successful businesswoman. We have Maria, who is a homeless woman that tries to get by somehow, is snarky and ends up involving herself in horrible lab research (that also is food for thought about how tests on humans should be performed, if and why it is immoral to bait people with money and take advantage of the ones that aren’t in position to say no). We have Dr. Dora, who is a brilliant scientist and chooses the right thing to do, when she re-evaluates what she is participating in, and bravely takes action against the powerful and psychopathic Drake. Showing mercy and empathy towards test subjects. Women are just as diverse as in reality, and so are people – we can see plenty of people of color there too.
In summary, I consider Venom to be fantastic from all angles, and it has much more to offer than just the humor (which is still awesome). I definitely intend to rewatch it many times when it comes out on Netflix.