As origin stories go,. The Spider-Man-adjacent Marvel supervillain spin-off introduced big names you have to remember, had a healthy mix of action with comedy, and ended on a high note. The only thing we did not get from that movie was a solidified identity for our antihero, so while some were excited to see a sequel with an even bigger and worse villain to fight, I was most excited to see Venom actually become the deadly protector cartoon fans know and love.
And luckily for everyone, I’m happy to say you get what you came for with this sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Let There Be Carnage opens today, October 1, in the US, followed by October 15 in the UK, while Australia has to wait until November 25. The sequel takes off not long afterstopped, with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) trying to be a journalist in a written word instead of a video host despite the distraction of a foreign symbiote tied to him, as originally seen in Marvel’s Spider-Man comics. The previous film ended with the line “We are Venom”, which made so many giggle with joy, but that unity was short-lived. Eddie wants to keep Venom happy with special chocolate-containing chemicals that help Venom survive without eating Eddie inside and out. Unfortunately for him, Venom is eager to get these chemicals from the brain of evil. This imbalance creates many problems for Eddie in his professional life, which reaches a fever when the police repeatedly respond to the request of the locked serial killer Cletus Kassidy (Woody Harrelson).
Just as Tom Hardy fits perfectly into the role of Eddie Brock, Woody Harrelson could not be more perfect as Cletus Kassidy. We saw a tantalizing glimpse of this off-kilter performance at the end of the first Venom movie, but Harrelson really delivers in the sequel. Everything from his dramatic changes in pitch to his unsettling body movements and even his weird clipping come together to form a character that is not physically threatening, but nonetheless is chilling.
Kassidy wants nothing more than to spend another day on this planet with her childhood love and complicit psycho Frances Barrison, known in the comics as the mutant Shriek because of her sonic abilities. Although Shriek is never called by name or deliberately referred to as a mutant in this film, the forces are there and used very well throughout the film.
Eddie’s efforts to force Venom to fall in line with what he needs to feel like a normal and productive member of society strike back spectacularly and accidentally the symbiote creates offspring Carnage inside Kassidy. Where Eddie is not interested in hurting anyone, and Venom is happy to only hurt perpetrators, Carnage and Kassidy have none of these limitations, and the result is extremely violent. It would at least be if this film was not classified PG-13. As a result, much of the actual carnage is carried out through bloodless body blows and lots of destruction of properties with the occasional implied eating of heads. In truth, it’s challenging to demonstrate that Carnage is much more violent and messy than Venom under these constraints, and in some scenes, your imagination does most of the heavy lifting. There is also some difficulty in defining Carnage’s abilities, at some point inserting oneself into a laptop and hacking a government database to promote the action.
The film really shines in its well-tuned emotional moments and in the battle between Venom and Carnage. The relationship between Eddie and Venom is treated like a real relationship, and while director Andy Serkis largely portrays this through a comic lens, it still leaves you with a warm happy feeling. And in the middle of this couple breaking up and reuniting, two giant aliens beat the stuff out of each other – which is beautiful in a different way. A lot of time is spent on whether it’s more important to be the strongest physically or the strongest as a team, and while most superhero movies deliver this message in the most him-fisted way, let Let Be Be Carnage actually carry something on screen emotionally charged. between the broken columns and stable sound effects.
It’s rare for a sequel to surpass the original, but Venom: Let There Be Carnage does it in every possible way. It’s more fun one mile, the action is much improved, and the overall story is significantly more compelling. Plus this movie actually ends the original story that was started in the first movie where our main character finally decided to be “the lethal protector” anti-hero Venom. If you liked the first movie, you will love this sequel. And if you were not completely sold on the original Venom, chances are you like this movie a lot more.
Go and watch this movie, and stick to the final credit scene because.
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