Venom (4K UHD)

Venom (4K UHD)

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Movie critics have a though job, I get it. They have to watch lots of movies and not for pleasure, but as a job. They can't just relax and have fun, they need to sit down and analyze every bit of a movie: script, acting, effects, lighting, music, dialogue, etc. They also have to compare with films of different genres and with the actors and directors previous efforts. There's a lot of work and baggage, and it's understandable when they demand more from a film. On the other hand, this process means they simply don't see films the way the general public does, and this disconnect sometimes means they'll be harsher on a film than they need to be. Sometimes this will be out of handling different expectations, and sometimes, being human as they still are, it'll be out of pure unfairness.

In the case of Venom, it seems to be a combination of both. The film seems to be almost universally reviled by critics while almost universally loved by audiences. While being completely fair I'll admit many of the complaints about this movie are completely legitimate, I still believe the treatment is receiving by critics is still preposterously exaggerated. I've ranted about this before, but it seems critics have simply grown accustomed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's formula, and anything that strays from it in any direction is automatically judged harsher, whether it deserves it or not. And Venom absolutely doesn't. Yes, it's campy. Yes, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Yes, it doesn't have any messages and it doesn't deal with any current socio-political issues. What does Venom offer in place of all that? Simple, primal and unbridled FUN.

Venom is the story of Eddie Brock, a reporter who believes in doing the right thing, even by using unconventional methods, and even if it means telling the truth about powerful people. Is because of this that he decides to investigate on a rich industrialist who's secretly kidnapping people and experimenting on them. This gets him in serious trouble, and having no good deed going unpunished, he loses his job, girlfriend and apartment. But when a scientist grows a conscience and tells Brock about the secret experiments the industrialist is doing by merging humans with parasitical sentient goo life form known as "symbiotes", he decides to pay a visit and inadvertently becomes host for one of these creatures. Hilarity ensues.

The symbiote merging with Eddie calls himself "Venom". It's an intelligent creature that needs to feed and has less scruples about killing than Eddie does. With Eddie they form a symbiosis: the alien will augment Eddie's strength, agility and resilience while Eddie provides the alien with sustenance until he can find his companions. Having no choice, since he's being followed by people who want him dead, Eddie complies, but now finds himself bond to a creature that could cause the deaths of millions. Meanwhile, another symbiote named "Riot" is traveling the planet in search for the rest, and he has even less respect for other forms of life. Will Eddie be able to control Venom or convince him to join his side or will Venom and Riot unite against humanity?

Here's why Venom resonates so much with audiences: the story is simple to follow, the main characters are likable and, unlike other films in recent years, it doesn't try to beat messages into the audience's heads. Expect no attempts at political agendas or social issues; every bit of dialogue is in service of the story or the characters. But the main reason is that both main characters are just really fun to watch. Eddie and Venom form basically a buddy cop movie, with two different personalities clashing and being forced to work together.

They're also bloody hilarious. I complain a lot about movies in the MCU using humor as an excuse for plot development, having every character being a snide wise-cracker and ruining legitimately tense moments for the sake of a joke, but this one doesn't fall into those pits. The humor is relegated to Eddie and Venom's relationship, so not all characters feel the same, and tense moments are not punctuated by jokes, so the tension isn't lost.

Yes, I'll say that there are a bunch of plot holes and perhaps the story is too overly simplistic for those who expect something more, but if you're willing to just relax and have fun, this movie does the job very well.

How does it work as an adaptation? People complained a lot about the movie not being R-Rated and Spider-Man not forming part of the origin story, an I say that those people simply have no idea what they're talking about. Venom has always been goofy in the comics, this isn't a new development, and Spider-Man's involvement is unnecessary, since the character is strong enough to thrive on its own. Yes, having Venom show up in a Spider-Man movie would be benefitial... for Spider-Man's character. But Venom can perfectly work on its own without Spidey. That being said, I would very much like to see the characters clash in the future. We'll have to see, since it's still not clear if Venom and Spider-Man even exist in the same universe yet.

Bottom-line: if you're expecting elaborate plots, social messages and/or a serious tone this is the wrong place. But if all you want is fun, Venom will do the job perfectly.

- hailee_ramos

As someone who had hundreds of Spider-Man comics when I was younger (I even owned a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #300 featuring the first full appearance of Venom), this is the PERFECT Venom origin story. And when I see Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Venom's alter ego, it makes me feel happy, contented and as fuzzy as the symbiote.

In the comics, Eddie Brock is a character that is a bit of an outcast, is unsure of himself and gets even more confused (initially) when Venom entered his life, and Tom Hardy channels Eddie Brock to perfection!!! Venom in the comics had some dark-ish humour, and the humour that Venom spouts in the movie is spot on - in fact Venom gets the best one liners. And the biggest laughs from the audience. The movie portrays a beautiful symbiotic relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom, and shows progression in their relationship throughout the movie.

The CGI for Venom is also spot on, making him a highly flexible and versatile character with the symbiotic extensions doing some cool stunts. It makes Venom look cool and dangerous at the same time. The pacing is just right, and Tom Hardy's versatility as an actor really stole the show, so much so that this would work even if this was a one man show.

And the post-credit sneak preview is "one to die for" - I DEFINITELY want to see the next Venom - it'll be CGI carnage...

Peeps, forget the previous incarnation of Venom, this is the REAL deal. Possibly the best movie I've seen in 2018 to date. Stuff the stuffy professional critics. They haven't had any clue for the past 25 years and are no longer credible sources for good movies - much like the fake news. Go watch Venom. It's da bomb!

- corey_gutierrez

Amazon video is awful. I paid the $6 extra dollars for the 4K version just to find out prime video won’t stream it in 4K, but only in 1080p, and it a bad 1080p at that. It’s far inferior video and sound to the iTunes version. I only bought it in prime for ease of use/streaming on many devices. Prime needs to serious figure out their awful video apps. Especially if they’re going to charge people for content that can’t use. Great movie though.

- johan_smith

Given SONY meh record in MARVEL I went in with low expectations, but I was totally impressed with Tom Hardy as the lovable loser Eddie Brock. He was equally delightful as Venom. As a stand-alone film, it holds its own as a good action film, but as a precursor to a series of villains films like: Morbius the Living Vampire, Black Cat, and Kraven the Hunter... it sets up a film universe fill with exciting potential. The CGI wasn’t bad, there was a nice balance of time with Hardy on screen, I was afraid he would be lost in the effects. But as usual Hardy slays it. And just a footnote a need VENOM demanding Tater Tots & chocolate as my ringtone asap.

- royalty_perez

I dreaded this film when it was announced as Venom without Spider-Man is like Batman without Joker. Story wise Sony would've been better off waiting until they could include Spider-Man in it, as Venom's comic book origin story is completely reliant on the rivalry between Peter Parker and Eddie Brock. Should Spider-Man ever be included in this Sony/Marvel Universe or whatever this is I struggle to see how they'll introduce the character and said rivalry with this new continuity.

Having said that the story which they have written here is a decent enough spin on things. Eddie Brock is now an online blogging sensation, bringing his viewers the truth behind the headlines. His no nonsense style of reporting is ultimately his career/lifes undoing. Venom is still a symbiote from outer space, brought to earth in the hope that these newly discovered life forms may be the key to medicinal miracles such as mending bones instantaneously or cancer, by bonding patients with the symbiotes. Thus a (un)happy accident ensues, where said blogger, who happens to be unearthing grisly secrets within the labs containing symbiotes, crosses paths with said symbiote.

Tom Hardy's performance is honestly the main reason I'd recommend anybody sit through this film. He nails it, and clearly has fun doing it. As for the big brute himself, the CGI is as good as it probably could've been and his voice is spot-on. They really got the character of Venom so perfect. It's just a shame it couldn't have been in the proper context, with the aforementioned Parker/Spider-Man rivalry from the books. Also, because of Spidey's absence, Venom has no large white spider emblazoned on his torso. Though this may be me being a nitpicking fanboy.

The same cannot be said for the rest of the cast. Most of it's passable, but the main villain himself, to me personally, was bollocks. I can't really even explain why, I just did not buy it. Whether it's the fault of the actor or shoddy writing, I could not comment. The whole pace of the film - especially towards the end as the villain gets more of a front seat - feels rushed.

All in all, Venom mostly does what it says on the tin. It's good fun. That's really all. If you're not too fussed about the character or aren't sure about this one, I'd recommend renting rather than buying. I bought the Blu-Ray and I don't suppose it'll be in the disc slot again anytime soon.

- fisher_cook

The 4K ULTRA HD Blu Ray disc version of this film has greatly improved sound and picture quality over the standard Blu Ray disc version when played through a ULTRA HD Blu Ray player and a 4K ULTRA HD TV with HDR (High Dynamic Range).I would have also of liked a Venom Blu Ray 3d disc released as this was released in cinemas in a 3D option. I will now have to import the Blu Ray 3D version from overseas where it has been released,annoying!!!!

- esmeralda_richardson

Purchased in 4k and played on a high end Sony 4k HDR projector, the lighting is often very grey and blue with characters dressed in grey and blue, and the background in grey and blue. There is a lack of lighting continuously, that is obviously intended to complement the dark story.
The clarity of image is there, the CGI is good, but the darkness of the image made me actually put the Blu-Ray disk into another player and try it to see if my projector had gone wrong.
As for the film, Spiderman it is not, but it is definitely a really good watch in my opinion and my 3 children all rated it as 5 stars. Just save yourself some money, avoid the 4k version

- vicente_murphy

Was relieved I didn't go to the cinema to watch this as I would have been dissapointed, great dvd for home viewing by the way.
Would have been great if they had kept this in the MCU! However nice little touch at the end with Carnage.

- reagan_ross

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