Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 stars
Star Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Naomi Harris, Woody Harrelson
Director: Andy Sarkiso
What’s good: The problematic relationship between Eddie and Venom has matured (and fun), with about 40 minutes less than the prequel showing how soon you should end it if you know you’re not going to make it.
What’s worse: The makers not only fail to understand the true strength of the film but also keep adding more generic superhero clutter to the mix.
Lou Break: It’s just 97 minutes, you’ll catch it!
See or not?: Despite hating the first one, it made $800 million at the box office and even has a fresh 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, so who am I to give you some tips?
Available at: theatrical release
Runtime: 97 minutes
Venom and Eddie (both Tom Hardy) continue their ‘symbiotic’ relationship after forming the basis for it in the first part. Imagine if somehow Charizard gets into Ash calling himself a ‘deadly savior’, so are Eddie and Venom. Trying to take over his shattered life, Eddie reaches out to interview serial-killer Cletus Cassady (Woody Harrelson) from his former interview. This, of course, wouldn’t be good because the plot point, and also how would Cletus turn into a massacre?
This happens and Cletus is reunited with his old love interest, who has the superpower to torture people with his screams (no, we’re not talking dolly bindra), Francis Barrison aka Shriek (Naomi Harris). With the two trios in the story, including Venom-Eddie-Anne (Michelle Williams) and Cletus-Carnage-Shriek, we see how they try to eliminate each other as a psychic serial killer gets a taste for his blood. Had the fetish of biting people to get it.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review: Script Analysis
So, the producers decide to title the film ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’, but the protagonist is on a ‘Let There Be No Carnage’ mission the entire time (the above joke is purely for those who understand that there is no sense of humor) what. (Ahem… Men in Black: International… Ahem). It tries to replace the dumb bromance between Eddie and Venom with something Deadpool-Wilson-like (minus the Fourth-Wall fantastic funk) from Part 1 with some in-your-face humor.
Kelly Marcel’s screenplay is more polished this time around and is largely due to the developed (and improved) relationship between the lead brothers. My problem with its prequel was that they didn’t develop AD-Venom very soon, with the producers posing a new problem, as well as hearing the pairing be extremely likable. Trying to give as much importance to the carnage as Venom appears in it as a speed-breaker. It’s like having so much fun after a moment of too much normal “superhero movie” BS.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review: Star Performance
This movie is the part of the franchise where you start falling for the lead character because it’s like “Why Tom Hardy for this?” Lets answer my doubts. He is no longer just a lovable loser because he has a toxic friend who is now against everyone. Despite being a ‘superhero’, Hardy manages to undermine an underdog with an alluring charm. There’s nothing ‘heroic’ about him and that’s his intriguing superpower (besides a deadly creature living inside him that wants to eat everything he sees).
Michelle Williams’ contribution to the story falls short of what she did in the prequels. She becomes Eddie’s love story and only important scenes are handled to allow Eddie to emerge as the champion. Michelle’s Anne leaves little or no voice, suffering from lackluster character sketches.
Give Woody Harrelson any character and he’ll play it like he’s hunting for acting awards. Despite all the flaws, Harrelson just emerges and shines as a psycho killer. His character is one you would want to see in a more elaborate film. Naomi Harris’ Shriek adds a lot of noise to an already chaotic narrative. She’s a good character, not a character.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review: Direction, Music
Andy Serkis has previously made films like Breathe (Andrew Garfield) and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, but this is the first time he is foraying into this particular area. The wavering narrative adds a few hiccups to the direction but Serkis tries to hold his ground by using the Eddie-Venom trump card to design at least a few things to hold you back.
Marco is not Beltrami’Logan‘ Or even ‘The Wolverine’ is good here but that just works. Louis Armstrong is brutally murdered in Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off in a scene that never justifies the song’s use to prove why everyone can’t be When Harry Met Sally can.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, this sounds like a step in the right direction but the problem is that it is moving very slowly. The post-credits sequence generates enough excitement for the next part but it will still need a thorough revamp.
Two and a half stars! (Half better than the previous one. At this pace, I would rate Venom 5 with 4 stars)
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Venom: Let There Be Massacre Releasing on October 14, 2021.
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