Loud, dumb, short, and fun. It really says something about the same-ness of the MCU that the Venom movies - for all there slapdash goofiness and early-2000s aesthetics - feel genuinely different. Maybe it’s the enjoyably campy queer elements, maybe it’s Matthew Libatique’s (in the first film) and Robert Richardson’s (in this one’s) sturdy, propulsive visuals, or maybe it’s that for all the stars the MCU has swallowed over the years, Tom Hardy seems like one who could bite back.
There's a really interesting scene about an hour and 10 minutes in where the Leung, March, and her family meet and go to dinner. They all treat him like he's less than nothing, even though he's paying for everything. The mother breaks down crying at a dance while her oldest son makes out with a floozy and her daughter and younger son dance rather provocatively. Later, Leung's character essentially rapes March's who then makes him pay her, but in a…