Venom movie review: Tom Hardy delivers a bravura one-man show in this poisonously drab Spider-Man spin-off which pales in comparison to its Marvel counterparts. They say superhero movies have a disregard for the laws of physics, but Venom has a disregard for the laws of human behaviour. In any given scene, its characters are prone to making such shoddy decisions that they barely resemble real people at all. Would you, for example, willingly allow an alien symbiote that looks like a sentient booger to latch itself onto you?
You could expect Eddie Brock to make dumb decisions – especially since Tom Hardy is playing him like a man-child doofus – but not Michelle Williams’ responsible district attorney. However, a point could be made that the entire project was ill-conceived from the very beginning and Hardy and Williams’ objectively bad decision to star in the damn thing just got the ball rolling.