Venom Crawls into Mediocre Reviews

Dillon Huselton, Staff Writer

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Venom was released to theaters on October 4th  to poor reviews and an even worse audience reaction.

 

Venom was a highly anticipated Sony film with the token anti-hero hitting the screens for the first time since the cinematic train wreck that was Spider-Man 3. Unfortunately, Venom was not received much better. IMDb gave the movie three and a half stars, and that was being generous. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film 30 percent, saying that “Venom‘s first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways: chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man.”

 

Although the overwhelming amount of bad reviews has not appeared to slow the Venom down, the film has made over 500 million dollars globally. Many critics have been saying that Venom is so bad that it will become a cult classic. However, the opinions of critics does not appear to affect the growth and power of this Sony movie.

 

Having seen the movie myself, I would like to take the opposite opinion of many critics, and say that Venom was a good movie, not a so-good-it-is-bad movie, just a good movie. I enjoyed it, and, as the global gross profit of 500 million dollars showed, other have as well. The movie started very slowly, but once the movie got going, it was not bad. Venom was a little awkward with banter at some points, but every movie has its stumbles. Despite the dialogue between Venom and Eddie being clunky for almost all of the movie, the action action sequences made up for it, and are where this movie truly shines. While Venom does lack smart narrative pacing, it makes up for it in pure adrenaline-fueled action. Do not go into this film believing it to be a marvel movie, but rather approach Venom like a Michael Bay movie; with lowered expectations.