Venom Review – Spoiler Free
Venom is a new comic book film based on the Venom character, which first appeared in 1984 in a Spider-man comic book. The character has become more popular throughout the years featuring inside Spider-man stories on TV and even film and now has his own standalone film.
Venom comes directed by Ruben Fleischer who some may know as the director of 2013’s Gangster Squad. The film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Woody Harrelson.
Before going in to see Venom I wasn’t super hyped about the experience, but I had just come out of playing Marvels Spider-man on Ps4 and I wanted more from the Spider-man universe. I even have suspiscions that Sony timed the release of these two close together to spark interest in both. But either way, I wasn’t going to miss this experience.
With this film, I wasn’t too sure at all what I’d be in for here. I’ve always known Venom from his appearances I the animated TV show I used to watch and his appearance in Spider-man 3 years ago. Having a film based on a villain without Spider-man seemed odd to me, but I don’t know the character well so didn’t know what to expect.
Venom in this film is filling the anti-hero role. The story follows the journey of two reluctant characters, who are both losers in their world. Eddie Brock isn’t exactly winning and struggles in life and Venom which is an alien that can attach to humans is a loser in his world. Somehow the two come together, bond a little and start winning.
The plot in this film is very linear and there’s nothing too special in this compared to anything else in the genre at all, even actually the film suffers from probably having the weakest villain of the year. But you know what? I found myself somehow really enjoying this one and I’ll tell you why.
Although the film does get off to a very slow start and at first it has you suffering through watching Eddie Brock’s life, about half an hour in when the Venom and Brock finally do connect together, things start to take off.
The film has two things going for it that I think it does well. First it’s the comedy and secondly it’s the action.
Throughout the film I found myself laughing at all the really lame jokes and funny lines that Venom said during it. The voice of Venom sounds funny and because things were a bit more light hearted, it made up for other things that were lacking like the linear plot and weak villain.
The second thing that film has going for it is the action. It may not be the R rated adventure that everyone wanted, what else in the Marvel Unnerves is? But it does have a lot of fun moment and seeing Venom bight someone’s head off like it was the top of a jelly baby was enough for me this week. If you want R rated action, you can probably still find The predator in the cinema and get even more jelly baby like scenes.
The performances from the actors were okay. I don’t think that this is either Tom Hardy’s or Michelle Williams’ best films but the two did well enough with what they had to work with.
I can see why most critics will smash this movie, because it’s linear, does nothing for the genre and has many other issues. But I can also see general audiences going to see this and having a good time. I was surprised how much I laughed watching this film and did not expect that at all, really I did not. The action provided a similar experience to what I got when I went to see Predator not long ago, but I guess a little more toned down. What I’m excited about should they do something with the Venom character later on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, can they bring Spider-man in to fight him in some way? I really would like to see that. With this film, I think people will be split pretty hard based on if they like it or they hate it. I guess you either accept the symbiote or you don’t.
Need For Speed Heat Australian Release Date
The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”
What is Need For Speed Heat about?
Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.
Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.
Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.
The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.
Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.
The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.
Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.
Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?
Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!
Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.
The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.
As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.
The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.
The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.
Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!
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