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Venom Review - Spoiler Free

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.

Michelle WIlliams and Tom Hardy in Venom

Michelle WIlliams and Tom Hardy in Venom

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.

Michelle WIlliams and Tom Hardy in Venom

Michelle WIlliams and Tom Hardy in Venom

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.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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