Even though Marvel’s Venom is definitely not in my top five list of favourite superhero movies – or my top five list of Marvel movies for that matter, I still found a scene that I loved.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer; starring Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, I’m not sure that the worst thing about Venom is the performances. For me, the key issues exist in three areas, the story editing / script, the final version of the fully formed CGI embodiment of Venom and Venom’s actual speaking voice, All these elements left me less impressed than I’d hoped to be.
To give an example of my issue with the story, I know that Brock, who later becomes Venom is supposed to be an antihero but because of his highly inconsiderate behaviour during the Colton Drake interview early on in the movie, I think I had trouble fully being on his side after that. I mean, he’s still the protagonist and I didn’t want him to get hurt; yet I was reasonably annoyed for his girlfriend. As a result, it wasn’t actually until the desperate scene in the restaurant that I was most moved; both by how helpless Brock seemed in those moments and by Tom Hardy’s arresting performance.
Along with a less cartoonish looking CGI version of Venom and Riot, I really did expect a far slicker execution from Marvel Studios overall; one where the finished product hit all the right notes in terms of what makes a good film and had me feeling like: ‘Yes! YES! I knew this would be good!’ instead of: ‘Yeah… it’s really not the best. What a shame.’
Watch it if you’re curious enough and if you’re a serious comic book fan, no doubt you’ll have a better time than I did.
For me, the title of ‘favourite superhero movie’ still belongs to The Avengers (2012).
Director Jacques Audiard’s latest film is set in 1850s Oregon and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed Rutger Hauer and John C. Reilly.
The story of Audiard’s western centres around an infamous duo of assassins known as the Sisters brothers who are chasing a gold prospector…
I wasn’t very sure about this one the first time I watched the trailer. Today though, I’m into the awkwardness of of the humour and trailer edit. Funny how things change in a day. Furthermore, the cast is so very good that surely it can’t, won’t and shouldn’t be so bad.
In City Of Tiny Lights, the city is modern-day London and Riz Ahmed is a Private Eye on a missing persons case that is far from straight forward. Directed by Pete Travis, Cush Jumbo, James Floyd, Damson Idris and Billie Piper also star.
I first saw and loved Riz Ahmed’s world in Nightcrawler (2014). I haven’t been excited about one of his projects/ characters as much as this movie. May my faith be justified.
Riz Ahmed, Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn’s latest film Una is based on the playwright David Harrower’s play Blackbird, a story about a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. After seeing the photo of a man she used to know as a young girl, she tracks him down and shows up unexpectedly…
Rogue One – A Star Wars Story… That’s right; starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Forrest Whitaker and Genevieve O’reilly, we have another new Star Wars movie…
I’m going to admit that I’m not very excited about this one. But then again, I’m still yet to watch a single Star Wars film. Reason being, fantasy generally isn’t my favourite genre. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but notice that the teaser trailer makes this film look more ‘low budget’ thanStar Wars – Episode 7- The Force Awakens. it may be because it is.
Those who really love the franchise likely won’t agree, but I’m just thinking, isn’t this overkill? It still feels like The Force Awakens was released just yesterday.
Instead of J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards is directing. Riz Ahmed, Jonathan Aris and Donnie Yen also star.
The new Jason Bourne movie trailer starring Matt Damon is here and it looks good…
I never did get round to watching the version of the franchise that starred Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy (2012). I mean, I am a Renner fan but Damon just makes it look more exciting somehow. Perhaps it’s similar to the way I know that Sean Connery makes a good James Bond, but Daniel Craig is my ultimate.