Venom (2018)

venom-movie-poster-2018-reviewDirector: Ruben Fleischer

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 112 Minutes

Main Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Woody Harrelson, Peggy Lu, Sope Aluko, Wayne Pére

Plot: Eddie Brock, a once-famed reporter loses everything after trying to reveal the truth behind the ethically immoral work of Dr. Carlton Drake. After acquiring the powers of a symbiote – Eddie has to work with Venom in order to make things right.

My Thoughts: I almost skipped seeing this movie, and that would have been a huge mistake! See, when Suicide Squad came out, the critics hated it, but audiences loved it (apparently?). The same happened with Batman V Superman. I wasn’t impressed with either, and so when Venom received the same verdict, I got put off. Thank you, Twitter though, because I left it to a vote and you guys did not disappoint!

I’m reasonably well-versed in comics and superheroes but knew nothing about Venom. I haven’t even seen Spider-Man 3 so I literally knew nothing, so as far as comic-accuracy is concerned, I can’t comment. I also refuse to check this with my husband after he mocked me for pronouncing symbiote wrong – he’s such a nerd.

Anyway – I had such a fun time at the cinema seeing this. Yes, it takes far too long to get going, yes, the plot has several issues and contradicts itself. But! The action is wild, the humor is thick and fast when it finally arrives, and it was memorable for all the right reasons, and I absolutely cannot wait to see it again! Can Tom Hardy please do more lighter roles like this, please?

The team responsible for putting the trailer together for Venom need firing. They chose a scene to showcase the humorous side of the movie which is right at the very end, and without getting to know Venom it came across so weird and awkward, but when you see the movie and you have the context – it works! Thankfully more and more movie fans seem to be ignoring the critics, so fingers crossed we’ll be getting a sequel.

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Best Bit: It’s so hard to pick one because most of the Venom moments are hilarious. I think my personal favorite is Venom daring Eddie to jump out of the building, and then calling him a pussy for opting for the elevator instead. Also lobsters.

Worst Bit: The chicken. The eating of the chicken. I’ve dealt with enough sickness bugs over the last few weeks to stomach that scene. I’m genuinely feeling quite ill even thinking about it.

Fun Trivia: Tom Hardy’s son Louis Thomas Hardy is a fan of Venom, and Hardy took the role to please him: “I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people’s heads off.” Louis also guided his father on how to appropriately portray Brock/Venom, since Hardy didn’t know the character very well.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 turds in the wind!

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Review: I Feel Pretty (2018)

i-feel-pretty-movie-review-2018Directors: Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein

Main Cast: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper, Rory Scovel, Adrian Martinez, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Lauren Hutton & Sasheer Zamata

Genre: Comedy

Plot: Renee struggles with her self-esteem, and after hitting her head in a Soul Cycle accident she awakes thinking she’s absolutely stunning. Her new found confidence changes her life for the better.

My Thoughts: You know, I was expecting this movie to be kind of terrible, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because I had zero expectations but I could think of many worse movies to sit through! I don’t pay a lot of attention to Amy Schumer (although I know she gets a bad rap) so I have to take this movie at face value.

It’s not flawless of course but there’s definitely a good message at the heart of it all. Confidence is a much better thing to have than flawless beauty. It’s nothing to go crazy over and it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but it’s a good movie to stick on with your girlfriends on a Saturday night!

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Best Bit: Has to be Amy Schumer’s character entering the bikini contest, hands down the best and funniest scene in the whole movie.

Worst Bit: Her character being an absolute bar stool to her friends once she thinks she’s beautiful. Kind of ruins the message a bit I think.

Fun Trivia: This movie reunites Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps, real-life best friends, who also worked on Dawson’s Creek together.

My Rating: 3 Soul Cycle spin bikes out of 5!

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