As I write this post, Venom has a whoppin’ 31% approval rate by the “professional critics” at rottentomatoes.com.  It also has an 88% rating by the audience.  This is a perfect example of why The Don does reviews.  I judge a movie by how much I enjoyed it.  Not by how “artistic” it is.  Not by how “Oscar worthy” it is, although it doesn’t hurt.  If you want those types of movies, I hear that A Star Is Born fits that criteria.  I will know later this weekend or next as I do plan to see that movie and rate it.  But this is about an anti-hero named Venom, so let’s begin.

First, although Venom was a Marvel Comics creation, and this movie was not made by Marvel Studios.  It was made by Sony.  The same studio that has messed up The Fantastic Four the last several times and has made X-Men a laughing stock of a franchise.  That is the one thing that worried me about Venom.  Will Sony screw it up…

Well, the answer to that question is a resounding NO.  This movie gets an exciting 4 Icees out of 5.  It starts slow and for my taste takes a little too long to get going, but once it does it’s great.  The interaction between the symbiote and Tom Hardy is fantastic.  Not only is it hilarious at times, but Tom Hardy acts exactly how I would think that someone would act when you find out you have something inside of you like that.  Startled, shocked and amazed. There is no doubt that the best thing about this movie is the relationship between Venom and and Tom.

There isn’t as much action as I would have liked, but the action that is there is awesome.  The supporting cast are serviceable, but not outstanding.  There is one inconsistency that bugs me (if something is working, why would you stop it?) but overall this movie is thoroughly enjoyable.

There is a scene during the credits that appears to set up a sequel, if it does well at the box office.  From the number of people I saw at the theater tonight, that will not be a problem!

Enjoy…