Cert: 15A; Now showing
Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is an investigative journalist who loses everything, including his girlfriend Anne (Michelle Williams with distractingly odd hair) when he questions millionaire alleged philanthropist Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Things get worse, and better, when Brock merges with Venom, one of the alien life forms Drake has collected from space. After initial conflict of interests between host and alien, a new anti-hero is born.
Pacing can be an issue in first-in-a-series films, and it is an issue in the first of Sony’s Marvel films. It takes a while to become the film the trailers lead you to expect, and by then it’s quite late and it rushes important parts of the plot, like why the alien is on earth and why he changed his mind. Still, it’s a lot of fun, once you’re over the weirdness of Tom Hardy in a big franchise movie. Stay after the credits.