Sony’s Tom Hardy starrer Venom was speculated to be the biggest release this fall, but, now we are afraid that the film seems to be veering towards turning out to be the worst big-budget film of the season. The initial indication came when Sony extended the Review Embargo, and Rotten Tomatoes have announced that they will reveal Venom’s score tomorrow. However, before that, fan reactions have started trickling online, and they suggest that the film is beyond salvation.
Back when we had heard about Sony making a Venom film that doesn’t feature Spider-Man, people were certain that the movie was not going to be good. The trailers indicated otherwise, and they turned the negative vibes into hope. However, now we think that the naysayers were right after all. The film is expected to get a major opening weekend of anywhere between $55-85 million. However, the actual figures might be much lower once the negative publicity and reviews go viral. Let us take a look at the first fan reaction to Venom:
This one was outright nasty. There is no way that any film would aim to be compared with Catwoman. We would recommend overlooking this one. However, it is the review by Brandon Davis from Comicbook.com that gives some words of relief to the fans. He says:
What most people appreciate about the movie is the stellar performance by Tom Hardy, but, it is apparent that the story changes made by Sony are not clicking with the audiences. People are stating that despite there being various plot mistakes, Venom is good enough for a one-time viewing.
However, overall, there is a lot of disappointment about the film. It is sad to see that Sony has botched up the character, even the second time around. Taking into account the fact that Tom Hardy has two more Venom films in his contract, we might see future Venom debacles too.
The major complaint that is going to come up is that the movie didn’t get itself R-Rated from the outset. Venom is a character that would have been a lot better with R-Rating. However, Sony needed to earn money alongside making a good film, they aimed for a wider audience, and that might backfire.
Recently, Tom Hardy talked about his favourite scenes from the film that were shot, but, removed from the final cut. There were a lot of fascinating scenes which might have totalled up to 40 minutes that got chopped. He said:
“They’re scenes that aren’t in this movie. There are, like, 30, 40 minutes worth of scenes that aren’t in this movie. All of them. Like mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes, they just never made it.”
It is quite obvious that everything that gets filmed, doesn’t make it to the eventual cut, but, here it seems that the removed content could have benefited the movie. You can take a look at the complete interview featuring Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed above. However, the situation might become clearer after the critical reviews come out tomorrow.
You can check the official synopsis of Venom below:
“One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams).
Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined — where does Eddie end and Venom begin?”
The cast of Venom includes Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson. It releases this Friday.