Remember the days before Marvel Studios, when superhero movies were uninspired, jumbled messes but we liked them anyway? Well, that’s exactly what Venom reminds me of.
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who discovers a parasitic space-alien that invades his body. Brock must learn to work with it to save himself and becomes Venom.
Hardy is doing the best he can with this role (he’s already slated for two more Venom movies) but a dopey script and shallow character development weighs him down. Venom himself delivers all of the action, but hokey dialogue and lackluster CGI kills any chances for realism. A fun bromance develops between Eddie and Venom though, and their banter gives the movie a much needed lift. That and it’s brisk pace keep Venom from being a complete waste of time.
But can your kids see it?
Well, Venom is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language.”
The language is actually cleaner than I expected. I recall one f-bomb and one unmistakable “p*ssy,” but it’s otherwise pretty tame. Parents will probably be more concerned about the violence anyhow, since the comic-book version of our hero likes to eat people. Yes, there ARE a few instances of face-gobbling, but they’re not very graphic (much to my surprise). In fact, Venom talks more about eating people than he ever actually gets to. Along with that, you get the same bloodless violence we’ve come to expect from these films.
Venom isn’t a movie for LITTLE kids (I’d think twice about taking anyone under 10), but youngsters who are familiar with the character will know what to expect. My 11-year-old had no issues with Venom, at all. At one point she even whispered, “Is this movie supposed to be BAD? Because I kinda like it!”
Yes Lucy, I kinda liked Venom, too.
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