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Venom: Let There Be Carnage has finally released, but was it worth it? I’m in in the middle because there are good stuff I like in this film but there’s also bad stuff that just made me sighed or went “lmao wtf is that?!” Well, let’s not waste any time and jump right into this review. Oh, very light spoilers, just an FYI.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage, directed by Andy Serkis, is about Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) has been interviewing the serial killer Cletus Cassidy (Woody Harrelson) at Ravencroft before his execution. On their last meeting when Cletus bites Brock, he was able to obtain some of the symbiote from Eddie’s blood and consumed it. Before being killed, Cletus has turned into Carnage and broke free, which led to a huge slaughter fest. It’s up Eddie and Venom to stop Cletus and Carnage before things get worse.
I’ll be honest, I did not like the first film at all, but this one slightly worked for me. Even though it was short, the film knew what it was trying to do, which was setting up Venom vs Carnage. Is the plot good ? Meh, only because it’s almost the exact same as the first but with less fluff and a bit funnier. The only thing I liked from the story was Eddie’s interaction with Venom and the story was straight to the point, but that’s it.
I do wished the story was written better. It felt like they were just trying to get it out the way so they can focus on the next. Also, I don’t like the idea that the film was trying to make Venom like Deadpool. Of course there’s stories of Venom being a goofball, but don’t go overboard. Again, the story slightly worked for me, but it’s not the greatest.
One thing is for sure, the visuals was so much better than the first film. The first film has terrible fight scenes and CGI that looked like it belonged in the early 2000s, but Venom 2 was on a different level. The fight between Venom and Carnage was badass, which I enjoyed a lot. The symbiotes looked visually better overall, especially when they interact with their hosts or other characters. Carnage being fully unleashed in Ravencroft was great. Yeah, good job to the team who worked on it .
What I wished the film did was went the rated R route. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the PG-13 rating because it can be pushed to it’s limits, but this film needed the R rating. It felt like the film held Carnage/Cletus back, and even the killing scenes because I couldn’t tell when someone was dead or not. I think the only blood we see in the film was when Cletus bites Eddie, if there’s other scenes then it wasn’t noticeable.
When it comes to the cast, man I was disappointed but let me give some props. Tom Hardy did a good job as Eddie Brock/Venom and I hope he continues to play. I actually liked Naomie Harris as Shriek because every time she was on screen she did her thing. Woody Harrelson as Cletus Cassidy was fine, I’ve seen him do way better performances in other movies but it’s the scripts fault.
Everyone else in this movie was just forgettable. It was like they were just there to be there and that’s it. The film could’ve gave the actors something better because it was bad. When you see the posters that only has Tom Hardy’s and Woody Harrelson’s name, they really meant it.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage was definitely a film. What the film does is pulled what worked in the first movie and amped it up. I don’t hate the film and it’s not bad, it’s just alright.
I will say this, when the movie ended, even after the post scene, my theater was quiet and I did a deep sigh, but a kid yelled with excitement. When that little kid was happy it made me smile because I remembered being in his shoes regardless if a film was bad or not. Venom 2 might not be for me, but these younglings enjoyed it and that’s what matters, same with other fans as well because they’re thriving.
If you loved the first film then you’re going to loved the fuck out of this one, but if you didn’t then you might not like it or just find it alright.