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So, here’s the thing about Venom: Get as many friends as you can, go to the theater, buy tickets for Venom, then have the time of your life as you laugh and laugh.

Now, I do want to make it clear that I think Venom is not a good movie, but I also want to make it clear that I had the time of my life watching it. I think in a couple of years Venom could be the type of movie that sells out midnight showings as people come up to the screen and act out their favorite parts – like a Rocky Horror Picture Show type of thing. My point is, if you’re in the right group and right frame of mind, Venom is really fun to watch.

Oh and at one point Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Venom even kind of make out.

Alright, now that that little detail is out of the way (there’s a lot going on in that scene, but I won’t spoil all the details), this sounds like a good as time as ever to jump right in. (Also, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am fascinated by this movie. If a behind the scenes tell-all ever comes out, I will be the first in line to buy it. Okay, that’s hyperbole. Most likely I’d just buy it on Amazon, or whatever, and not wait in any kind of a line at all, but you get the point.)

Eddie Brock (Hardy) is the host of his own web-based journalism video series. Basically, if something is fishy going on around the San Francisco or Oakland area, Eddie Brock will be there to investigate. He works for some sort of larger conglomerate that sets him up with a big interview for his show with local tech wunderkind, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). There are rumors that Carlton Drake has been running experiments on homeless people that have resulted in a few deaths.

Eddie confronts Carlton Drake about these rumors, they are denied, then Eddie immediately loses his job and his fiancé, Anne, played by Michelle Williams. (Anne breaks up with him because Eddie looked at some top-secret documents on her computer that proves these deaths, which also resulted in Anne being fired from her job as an attorney.) Also, I love the idea of “rumors tests are being run that killed people.” Could you imagine if, say, these rumors existed about Elon Musk or someone like that? “Hey, you can’t deny the success he’s had, now if he can only shake these pesky rumors that he experiments on homeless people and kills them.”

Eventually one of Carlton Drake’s scientists (Jenny Slate) sneaks Eddie into the lab. It’s there he discovers the experiments being done to combine humans and alien symbiotes. And it’s here that Eddie meets an alien symbiote named Venom who attaches himself to Eddie. (Best known as first Spider-Man’s cool new black suit in the mid-1980s, Venom would eventually become his own character. Because the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently using Spider-Man in its storyline and Venom is not part of the MCU, Spider-Man isn’t even mentioned.)

Most of Venom is Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock walking around with that weird Venom voice from the trailer in his head saying stuff like, “I’m hungry, Eddie.” Or, “I want to eat a brain, Eddie.” After a scene in which Venom does eat some brains, he and Eddie swim across the bay, Venom spits Eddie out, then proceeds to give Eddie a lecture about what a huge loser Eddie is. At one point Venom calls Eddie a “pussy.”

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