Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is many things: a blockbuster comic-book sequel, a buddy comedy, and a chance for some gloriously self-aware overacting. But, beneath the wacky quips, gnashing teeth, and gobs of goo, it’s something entirely different: a love storey. Not between Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Michelle Williams as the one who got away, or even between Woody Harrelson’s villainous Carnage and Naomie Harris’ misunderstood mutant Shriek, but rather between Eddie and the hulking symbiote Venom, who lives within him.
The strength of the first film. On the other hand, was silliness, which everyone involved appears to have recognised and leaned heavily on for the sequel. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is a fast-paced and lighthearted film directed by Serkis, who takes over for Ruben Fleischer. It’s not about the end of the world. So many comic-book extravaganzas are. And it’s only sort of about one man’s battle with his own literal and metaphorical demons. Aside from putting on a gung-ho physical show.
There is never a scene or sequence in which Cletus marvels at his amazing new abilities. Which appears to be a missing piece. Rather, he immediately dresses Carnage as if he were a custom-made suit as if he were born that way. And his first priority is to free the woman he loves from a high-tech prison: Harris’ Frances Barrison. Better known as Shriek for her ear-splitting vocal abilities. In an ingenious twist, such shockingly loud noises also weaken Venom. Carnage—though, for some reason. The two symbiotes can howl at each other during battle like kaiju stomping across Tokyo and it doesn’t harm them.
Perhaps it’s a different pitch, frequency, or something else. Regardless, Cletus’ reunion with the woman he’s loved since childhood, as seen in a flashback. Is never as compelling as Eddie’s ever-changing relationship with Venom. The film’s high point is Venom’s solo trip to a Halloween rave. Where he is the life of the party in what everyone assumes is a lavish costume. Peggy Lu plays Mrs Chen, the owner of a convenience store. With expert timing and technique in a fantastic, smaller bit.
However, both of these scenes reveal the softer, sweeter side of this symbiote, as well as the unexpected impact he’s had on people other than Eddie. They were more powerful than the grandiose moments when the giant black and red blobs hurled themselves at each other in mid-air. But don’t get too used to the idea of a cuddly, cosy Venom. As the end credits remind us, there will always be more films to come.