Rosie and Venom re­viewed; one more favourably than the other!

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Dir: Ruben Fleis­cher. Star­ring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Wil­liams. 15A 112M

e story goes that fans of Lady Gaga were swamp­ing so­cial me­dia with neg­a­tive re­views of Venom; the big movie that was open­ing up against their hero­ine’s de­but fea­ture. ey needn’t have both­ered. Not only are fans of A Star is Born un­likely to be drawn to this yarn; Marvel fans may not be too keen ei­ther. While the char­ac­ter of Venom (an alien sym­biote whose host is a hard-boiled TV re­porter) is pop­u­lar, and the cast (Hardy, Wil­liams, Riz Ahmed) is stel­lar, the sto­ry­line is sheer hokum.

Even the most fan­tas­ti­cal of movies need to be grounded in some re­al­ity. Once Venom has bonded with Tom Hardy and started con­vers­ing with his host, that all goes out the win­dow. You get the im­pres­sion that the lm­mak­ers were a er a smart, dead­pan, ac­tion-packed movie in the style of a Dead­pool. Un­for­tu­nately, the ac­tion se­quences are blurry and the hu­mour is mostly of the un­in­ten­tional va­ri­ety (Venom giv­ing Hardy re­la­tion­ship ad­vice?). Not even the pres­ence of the al­ways ex­cel­lent Hardy can save this one.

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