Why Critics Are Wrong About Venom


In the first week of its release, Sony’s Venom was bombarded by an unreal number of negative reviews, yet the audience rightfully refuses to agree with the brutality of the critics.


In this golden-age of superhero movies, it was no surprise that a movie focused on an anti-hero was released. Although Venom is an extremely popular villain from the Spider-Man comics, Sony’s adaptation of the character retold his story with the absence of Spider-Man, and instead it focused on his physical and emotional symbiosis with the character of Eddie Brock, a lost journalist, who was brilliantly portrayed by Tom Hardy.


Unlike the recent Marvel movies that were praised by the critics, Venom completely failed to impress them and was continuously attacked for being a mess, a train wreck, and somehow, boring. While its Rotten Tomatoes score of 31% is a reflection of how much critics despised the movie. It is apparent that so far, 95% of ‘Google Users’, who are likely to be active movie enthusiasts, enjoyed the movie. The two statistics contradict one another significantly and it is crucial that we explore whether this movie was good, bad or both.


Venom does spiral in a constant search for a prevalent tone. It does move from being a dark and an almost gruesome origin story, to being an amusing one that centralizes a comedic, charming bromance (romance) between Venom and Eddie. It does lack consistency when it comes to character arcs and in does fail to properly justify the very sudden yet shifts with impact in the story line. Venom includes various irrelevant scenes that are solely there for the sake of being there, and its comedic elements are often awkward and unintentional. However, do all of these factors mean that this is essentially a bad movie? Shouldn’t there be a reason why the audience adores it as much as they do?


Well, despite being an absolute mayhem, Venom is a delightful, captivating mayhem that is held up by its strong actors, endearing characters, and an unanticipated yet lovable relationship. It succeeds at telling the complex story of an anti-hero and it relies heavily on the emotions of the audience to do so. It manages to humanize who is supposed to be a monstrous being and gets the audience to actually root for this villainesque character. These factors alone are good enough for it to be a solid movie experience and Venom never deserves to get attacked by the critics as heavily as it did.


You might not leave the movie theater thinking that Venom was the greatest superhero movie of all time, or even of this year (Infinity War). But you would leave  thinking that you just witnessed an awkward jumble that you enjoyed every moment of.