We’re going to finally see the long awaited Venom film starring Tom Hardy in all its PG-13 glory pretty damn soon. The film has had plenty of marketing behind it and despite its PG-13 rating (People were speculating a Rated-R flick), the film will likely still be on people’s radar. The film is already projected to break the October opening weekend box-office record if reviews happen to be on their side. It’s been a long journey but we’re almost there but it looks like we’re getting some hints as to whether or not this film lives up to the hype.
Venom had its premiere opening in Los Angeles, CA earlier and we’ve gotten some early reactions on social media for the film from various film critics. Check them out below:
The whole movie is Venom telling Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock over and over “I’m hungry, Eddie. I want to eat a brian, Eddie. You’re a loser, Eddie. You’re a pussy, Eddie.”
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) October 2, 2018
Social embargo for #Venom is up. I talk about this a lot in my review but this is a movie that somehow slipped through a wormhole from 2004. That's my biggest take. It's a movie that spilled from the pre-MCU era through a crack in time and space.
— The Mothmeg ? NYCC (@rustypolished) October 2, 2018
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 does t.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) October 2, 2018
#Venom wasn’t as bad as everyone was saying it was going to be. Tom Hardy is and always will be a great actor, and I laughed a lot — but I’m not sure whether that was intentional or not. Post-credit scene is ?
— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) October 2, 2018
Sorry to say that #Venom is pretty much a complete failure – a tonal mess that feels 15 years old, ignoring the storytelling strides that the superhero genre has made in recent years.
A few fun Venom-centric moments aside, it has nearly nothing to offer. Don't get your hopes up.
— Tom Horrorgensen (@Tom_Jorgensen) October 2, 2018
Significant chunks of #Venom don’t work *at all* but there is some serious charm to the Eddie/Venom relationship. Not sure I had the intended reactions to some scenes but fun is fun – even when it’s totally ridiculous, right? It’s too bad they didn’t go for the R rating though.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) October 2, 2018
Yeah, I’m not sure what to make of these early reactions cause it sounds interesting but it doesn’t really look like it’s pointing to something good. ‘Mixed reception’ best describes these reactions cause it looks like the film had a lot of stuff that really worked and a lot of stuff that didn’t. One’s pointing to the film being fun but in a Rocky Horror sorta way so that may be good but one of them straight up calls it a failure so… yeah.
This isn’t really a huge surprise but campy fun is still fun so that may not be a problem for some people. General audiences and comic book fans may dig it and it’s Tom Hardy! If Hardy’s in something, it’s a must-watch.