Venom: Let There Be Carnage delivers more of the best from the first movie. This being the oh-so-sweet bromance between Eddie Brock and his riotous symbiote.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Synopsis
A year after their first meeting, serial killer Cletus Kasady continues to speak only to Eddie Brock, much to Brock and police officer Patrick Mulligan’s disgust. After one such interview, Venom correctly deduces the burial spots of Kasady’s victims, resulting in the killer being sentenced to death and Brock enjoying a career boost. In a subsequent encounter, however, Kasady ingests a fragment of Venom and quickly develops superior symbiote powers. Massacring law enforcers and breaking out of jail, Kasady proceeds to wreak havoc and free his lover from imprisonment. His obsession with Brock also intensifies. Likewise, his symbiote is determined to slaughter Venom, whom it regards as a competitor.
So … the same happened with this sequel. Since June, I’ve been looking forward to its release, but entirely forgot about it because of COVID worries. Only last Monday did I realize, OMG, it was released over a fortnight ago?
And so to the cinema I went, on a Friday afternoon. And it turned out not quite the unforgettable delight I thought it would be.
To be clear, I’m not saying the movie is bad or disappointing. Less than a hundred minutes, it’s short and sweet. There’s also enough humour, horror, action, and goo to keep you reaching for popcorn.
Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson likewise threw in their best. Not exactly award-winning performances, I’d say, but I have no complaints. Even if I nitpick.
The above considered, I think Let There Be Carnage is also just more of what made the first movie fun for me. These being the coarse banter between Eddie Brock and Venom, and chaotic, sticky fights.
The franchise but edges forward with this sequel. Wait, I should say it neither grew nor shrunk? Whatever epiphany Eddie ends the show with doesn’t feel that different from what he began with.
Coming to that mid-credits scene, well, that made me sit up. Made me burn with curiosity to know what’s in plan down the road too.
Is the saga ending? Soon to be absorbed into that other franchise? But, it began as an offshoot. So if amalgamation happens, is that a pity, or not?
Hard to say at the moment. For me, erm, I feel a mild sense of pity, though I can’t explain why?
I’ll hold my opinions till the release of No Way Home.
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