REVIEW: ‘Venom’ Turns Out to Be One of the Most Faithful Comic Book Adaptations of All Time

So, what do you expect to see when you walk into a movie titled Venom, based upon the popular Marvel Comics Anti-hero, who was born as a foil to Spider-Man?  Are you looking for a masterpiece unlike anything you’ve ever seen before?  Or are you looking for a movie appropriately titled Venom?

If you’re looking for a movie called Venom and you’re well aware of the basics of the comic book character’s history, this film delivers just that.

In the movie Venom, journalist Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy (Bane, from The Dark Knight Rises) acquires superpowers after being bound with an alien symbiote, whose species plans to invade Earth.  Here, Brock is an investigative Journalist, much like he was in the Marvel Comics the character hailed from.  But in the film, he is a television Journalist and host of “The Eddie Brock Report,” which takes an interest in looking into The Life Foundation, a bio-engineering corporation that discovers a comet covered in symbiotic lifeforms and brings it back to Earth.

Eddie has a fiancée, Anne Weying (wistfully played by Michelle Williams, Halloween:H20), who is an attorney involved in mounting a lawsuit in defense for the Life Foundation.  Brock reads about human trials in a classified document in Weying’s possession, which were performed by Carlton Drake (played by Riz Ahmed, coming off of strong performances in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and HBO’s The Night Of).

Brock has an altercation with Drake, leading to both Eddie and Weying losing their jobs, after which, Weying ends their relationship.

Eventually, feeling down and out, Eddie gets a tip and a way back in to The Life Foundation.  Here, he bonds with Venom and the movie totally gets thrust into full gear.  Seriously, this movie gets crazy and I loved every second of it.  Let’s be upfront and honest.  No one at World’s Finest Geeks had any real interest in this film, whatsoever.  We trusted what folks were saying about it, without experiencing it for ourselves.  But how can you deny the fact that what happens in the movie, actually happened in the comic books from which it was based?

There has been attention drawn to where in the movie, the character of Venom says “Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time…!”  But I wonder where that narrative came from, exactly?  Oh, right… the comic book it was based on.

It’s really no wonder that Venom performed at the worldwide box office as well as it did, amassing a Worldwide total of $844 million this year.

The reason it worked is that it completely adapted the comic book material that kids of the 90’s loved in a very respectful way.  But some may ask… what exactly is a symbiotic relationship?  Well, here it is:

“Symbiotic relationships are a special type of interaction between species. Sometimes beneficial, sometimes harmful, these relationships are essential to many organisms and ecosystems, and they provide a balance that can only be achieved by working together.”

So, perhaps I am a little biased to the film.  I loved the way Venom and Eddie interacted in in the movie.  It kind of reminded me of the way I interacted with my dog, who passed away last year.  It was most definitely a symbiotic relationship I had with Kara (that was her name, yes, that means Supergirl, but we don’t discriminate against Marvel and DC properties on our site).

Anyway, I thought that Venom was probably one of the best adaptations of a comic property ever.  It elevated the genre to the next level, in my opinion.  If you just adapt the comic book IP’s from where they originated, you just can’t go wrong.

Oh yeah, here is a picture of my former symbiote, Kara!

 

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