So how faithful to the original Venom is the movie?
Here we have multiple stories from various comic strains boiled down to the version of Eddie Brock infected by the Symbiote virus. In the very first introduction of Venom, the virus infects Spiderman and adopts some of his skill and later spins off to become the arch rival of Spiderman. He is dangerous to Spiderman, since he can't pick him up on his Spidey sense. The movie is based on the later version of Venom, where Eddie Brock is infected with the Venum virus. Here the movie changes it up to be an alien virus discovered by Life Organization in order to further the human species. Unfortunately, the virus has a similar plan to overtake the planet after getting back to the home planet.
How well are the human parts of Eddie Brock played?
As we all know a lot of the film is CGI with only the villains being shown in action against a CGI Venom likley done with stunt men off green screen. So the main character really only plays the parts where he is partially or wholly human. They have the slow build of Venom slowly taking over his body, but Eddie is in control to later when Eddie has very little control of the parasite as he calls it. I think the journalist story plays out well and we see why the character is drawn into the justice of Venom's ruthlessness.
Who is the villain in the film?
Carlton Drake is the superstar geneticist turned rocket scientist, who sends ships out of our galaxy and returns with 4 alien life forms called Symbiotes. He is trying to find a human host to dwell as a host as he thinks this will solve the over population of the world. He preys on the homeless as victims of his bizarre illegal science experiments until one of his scientists has a turn of faith and decides to expose him. Eddie Brock as an investigative reporter who was fired from a NY newspaper, now in San Francisco investigates, but goes too far, losing his job, his finance Anne and his will to go on.
Do you think this movie could have been made without CGI?
I think for the majority of the Marvel films, they just wouldn't be filmable without the modern CGI from say 1995 or even later. Of course that is a blessing in that these are great comic book tales with good story in need of some CGI love to get the proper look. I think the danger in the CGI world is you can make it look overly fake. At first, I thought the exaggerated teeth, eyes and tongue were crazy, but these are very true to form in the comics themselves. Its funny coming from a non-CGI world, you have a basis of reality that can be stretched so far before you say "that's fake", but its how I feel. Naturally, it really doesn't matter, just the good fun of the story and escapism.
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