Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKEND TICKET - Venom (15)

Hav­ing been given a bum steer in the dis­ap­point­ing mess that was 2007’s Spi­der-Man 3, Venom branches out into his own solo flick.

Though Marvel does have some in­volve­ment, this spin-off is be­ing led by Sony whose Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man se­ries lasted only two movies be­fore the web­slinger swung over to the MCU.

Tom Hardy stars as in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter Ed­die Brock who turns into the tit­u­lar anti-hero af­ter ac­quir­ing the pow­ers of an alien sym­biote.

You could be for­given for won­der­ing if the MCU-led last decade of comic book films ac­tu­ally took place as Venom is a throw­back to the sim­pler era of genre en­tries where su­pe­rior ef­forts like Bat­man Be­gins, Spi­der-Man 2 and X2 were over­pow­ered by duds in­clud­ing Cat­woman, Jonah Hex and Ghost Rider.

While not quite as bad as that lat­ter trio, Venom is an un­even, tonally-uncer­tain odd­ity that brought back un­wanted me­mories of 2015’s Fan­tas­tic Four re­boot.

The film’s shin­ing light is Hardy, no stranger to comic book roles af­ter his sem­i­nal turn as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

The Lon­doner gives an enor­mously com­mit­ted per­for­mance as he bat­tles with the voices in his head in a neat mod­ern take on Jekyll and Hyde.

You ride along with his not al­ways con­vinc­ing ac­cent and while not every­thing he does works

Dou­ble act Tom Hardy’s Ed­die Brock bat­tles the sym­biote

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