I went into this movie with pretty low expectations. It met every one of them. That is not a knock on this movie at all though. I, like many others, read a lot of the reviews prior to buying my ticket. The reviews are not kind. At all. You would think this was one of the worst movies ever made by reading some of the articles. Sometimes I wonder how much of it is just people trying to fit into the mainstream and echoing their own perceived approval.
Having said that, I really liked this movie. I went into it thinking it was going to be a not great movie, but fun. And I got exactly that. A good, not great, movie that was fun. Here is what surprised me though. When I heard that Michelle Williams was going to be in the movie, I thought of others movie she has done. The Greatest Showman, All the Money in the World, Manchester by the Sea. She plays pretty heavy roles. So I thought there was no way she can do a popcorn movie and it would be believable. I was wrong. I fully admit that. She looks like she is having fun and I think that comes across on the screen as well. We could have fun because she was too.
How about Tom Hardy? Does that man ever do a bad job? He has already shown he can do action (Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception) and comedy (This Means War) and drama (The Revenant, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Now we just get to see him have fun. I know we could nitpick the effects or the origin of Venom without Spider-Man, but this movie stood pretty well as a stand-alone. Of course by casting Hardy they guaranteed the funding, I also noticed his Executive Producer credit at the end. Have to keep the talent happy. But I feel like it worked. He delivered a really good performance and the movie’s opening weekend is quickly showing that it was worth the 100 million dollar gamble.
Overall though, will you like this movie? If you go in with low expectations and watch it just to be entertained, then yes, you will definitely like this movie. Is it worth the $14 price tag of a movie these days? Probably not. But if you want a fun date movie, this is right up your alley.
And one more thing, stay until around the middle of the credits.