This week on the podcast, the Geeks talked about the superhero movies of 2019. There was a ranking of the nine that came out, something done with math, something that involved Jenny not even seeing one or two of them.
She didn’t see Venom. I can’t really blame her for that.
So, I don’t really want to hash out how I felt about Into the Spider-Verse and Aquaman since I liked both movies just fine. And I don’t really want to rank the other movies that came out this year because…well, I just don’t. I do want to talk a bit about the movie that gave us the thematically rich line of a “turd in the wind” though, so let me add some thoughts on Venom.
I gave Venom the lowest grade of any movie I rated all year, and a part of me thinks I may have been too harsh. There were worse movies this year than Venom. Why did I hate on Venom so much? There’s a lot to not like about Venom, but it certainly wasn’t the worst of the year. There’s got to be at least one or two worse.
And I think, on reflection, I hated Venom less for its own mediocre accomplishments than I did for what it may represent. We’ve been hearing for ages about how the superhero movie fad won’t last. Indeed, it has all kinds of negative repercussions. Studios pony up the big bucks to made these and other giant franchises, and that ultimately means the studios make less movies and then there’s less variety at the multiplex. That more than anything else is the reason to not be happy about Disney’s many acquisitions of late. Even a big studio like Disney only has so much money to toss at various movies.
As such, the doomsayers are predicting that the superhero fad has to end. Logically, this is true. One bad year will probably do a lot of damage to the genre just as it could be getting interesting with different looks and different styles of stories being told.
Then you toss in a mediocre movie like Venom, a movie that somehow made a lot more money than it deserved, with a lot of bad to bland performances, a so-so script, and hardly anything worse praising, and I’m left sitting there feeling mad about a movie that was bad but not that bad.
And it still somehow made a ton of money.
Oh well. Merry Christmas, everyone.