Sony had already handled the idea of dedicating a film to The Sinister Six, a group of villains who made life miserable for Spider-Man, but the wall-crawler reboot led the studio to scrap the idea. Finally, his first attempt to take advantage of the rich universe of this superhero beyond the adventures of said superhero was ‘Venom’, a peculiar film that you can (again) see tonight on La 1 from 22:05.
Of course, do not expect to see a trace of Spider-Man here -the closest thing to it is a brief mention that the protagonist previously Venom: Let There Be Carnage movie lived in New York-, since it is true that it is an expansion of it, but it gives the feeling that they wanted to keep it as far away as possible and then assess a possible crossover based on how things were going with Venom
It is still in the air that Tom Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will cross their paths at some point, but what is surprising is the phenomenal reception that this film had due to the large number of problems it exhibits. In fact, his greatest virtue is the great success involved in choosing Hardy for this role, since it is he who ensures that ‘Venom’ does not completely collapse.
First because he is the one who keeps Eddie Brock from being too unpleasant during the first minutes of the film and then because he manages to give us the funniest moments of the show in the relationship he establishes with Venom. It is true that in another ecosystem it could have been used more, but that is something that makes it much more bearable that everything around it fails to a greater or lesser extent.
From the fact of wasting a cast with interpreters of proven talent such as Riz Ahmed or Michelle Williams, who can do little with the material at hand, but even more important is the wrong choice of Ruben Fleischer to take care of finding the ideal tone so that the movie works better.
In fact, ‘Venom’ ends up being a bit chaotic partly because of the script, but mostly because of its indecision. On the one hand, it seems to want to be focused on a more adult audience but it remains half, and then it is handling the emotions that the characters are going through in a very unsuccessful way, often oscillating between the ridiculous and the confusing, although being fair it also gets some moment with quite a visual outside. Of course, without any continuity, since no scene is really memorable.
Luckily, for the second installment it has been decided to change the director -from Fleischer we went to Andy Serkis-, while only Kelly Marcel remains in the script. Let’s see if with fewer people reaching out, something worthwhile can come out, that that post-credits scene – watch out for the spoiler if you haven’t seen it yet – did leave you with a lot of curiosity to see Venom facing Matanza, played for the occasion by Woody Harrelson.