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‘Venom’, a movie so bad it’s GOOD!

Ruben Fleischer’s “Venom” tried to take itself seriously in the first few minutes of this anti-hero movie, but would later feel as a wacky, bizarre superhero film that felt like it was made in the 1990’s.

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“Venom” is about a super-cool, yet hilariously awkward investigative journalist Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, who attempts to take down Carlton Drake played by Riz Ahmed.

The good part of the movie was the relationship between Brock and Venom.

The movie used the Jekyll and Hyde concept where Brock is the low self-esteem journalist, while Venom is the energetic, violent alien that is constantly talking him up.

The performances is a hilarious mess, from Hardy’s silly dialogue with Venom, to Williams’ lost appearance throughout the film and Ahmed’s weird impression of Elon Musk.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us some of the most enjoyable superhero movies in the past decade, such as “Iron Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Black Panther,” the list goes on.

However, these kinds of superhero movies quickly become repetitive, still great, but dull.

So when R-rated superhero movies like “Logan” and “Deadpool” premiered it felt like a breath of fresh air. So naturally viewers assumed that “Venom” would be a darker and more violent movie like its predecessors. This was definitely not the case, and it’s okay!

Moviegoers seemed to enjoy “Venom.”

Whether audiences were laughing at how crazy stupid the movie was, or just genuinely having a good time and that’s something!

Drake is the notorious and intelligent founder of Life Foundation who could be exposed by incriminating information obtained by Hardy’s character.

As a “notable” and “respectable” journalist Hardy’s character claims to be, Brock obtains this information by breaking into Anne Weying work computer, played by Michelle Williams, who happens to be a successful corporate lawyer and Drake’s fiance.

This action eventually proves to be a very bad idea for Brock.

As Brock investigates one of Drake’s experiments, he gets infected by Venom, or as Brock hilariously calls him throughout the movie, a parasite.

This leaves Brock with superhuman strength and power.

Brock feels a bit shaken by his newfound powers, but as he realizes humanity is about to be taken over by dangerous aliens like Venom, they decide to stick together to save Earth.

Now here is the most ridiculous part.

Venom’s reasoning for helping Brock instead of his own species? On Earth he feels like a bad-ass and if more symbiotes, Venom’s species, shows up he will be the same ‘loser’ like he was back in his home planet.

Yeah, really.

Viewers would think that the most infamous Spider-Man villain would have a better reason for staying on Earth, but according to the movie he’s just a loser just like Brock.

During his time with Brock, Venom encourages Brock to do outrageous things like eat people’s heads off and jump out of buildings.

In the beginning Brock wasn’t okay with his ideas, but by the end of the film the audience get to see how well they get along with each other.

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About the Contributor
Karen Miramontes, Staff Writer
Karen Miramontes is a staff writer at Cerritos College’s newspaper Talon Marks. After Cerritos she wants to transfer to Cal State Fullerton or Long Beach to major in journalism. She is passionate about film, music, and all things entertainment.
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‘Venom’, a movie so bad it’s GOOD!