As the origin stories go by, the original Venom movie was fine. The Marvel villainous spin-off adjacent to Spider-Man featured some major names you must remember, had a healthy mix of action with comedy, and ended on a high note. The only thing we didn’t get from this movie was a solidified identity for our antihero, so while some were thrilled to see a sequel with an even bigger, badder villain to fight, I was very excited. to see Venom actually become the deadly protective comic fans know and love.
And luckily for everyone, I’m excited to say that you get what you came for with this sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Let There Be Carnage opens today, October 1, in the United States, followed by the United Kingdom on October 15, while Australia must wait until November 25. The sequel picks up shortly after the original movie Venom 2018 left, with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) trying to be a writing reporter instead of a video host despite the distraction of an alien symbiote linked to him, as originally seen in the Spider-Man comics from Marvel. The previous movie ended with the âWe are Venomâ line that made so many people laugh with pleasure, but this unit was short lived. Eddie wants Venom to be happy with the special chocolate that contains chemicals Venom needs to survive without eating Eddie from the inside out, except Venom is rather eager to get those brain chemicals from the bad guys. This imbalance causes a lot of trouble for Eddie in his professional life, which comes to a head when the police repeatedly respond to the request of locked-in serial killer Cletus Kassidy (Woody Harrelson).
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In the same way that Tom Hardy is the perfect fit for the role of Eddie Brock, Woody Harrelson couldn’t be more perfect than Cletus Kassidy. We got a tantalizing glimpse of this quirky performance at the end of Venom’s first movie, but Harrelson really delivers in the sequel. Everything from his dramatic height changes to his unsettling body movements and even his odd haircut, come together to form a character who isn’t physically threatening but is creepy nonetheless.
Kassidy wants nothing more than to spend another day on this planet with his childhood sweetheart and violent psychopathic companion Frances Barrison, known in the comics as the mutant Shriek due to his sonic abilities. While Shriek is never called by name or deliberately labeled as a mutant in this movie, the powers are there and used very well throughout the movie.
Eddie’s efforts to force Venom to conform to what he needs to feel like a normal, productive member of society backfires dramatically, accidentally creating the Carnage symbiote offspring inside Kassidy. Where Eddie doesn’t wish to hurt anyone and Venom is happy to only hurt the bad guys, Carnage and Kassidy have none of these limitations and the result is extremely violent. At least that would be the case if this movie wasn’t rated PG-13. As a result, much of the actual carnage takes place through bloodless beatings and extensive destruction of property with the occasional implicit consumption of heads. In truth, demonstrating Carnage to be much more violent and messy than Venom is a challenge within those limits, and in some scenes your imagination does the heavy lifting. There is also a certain awkwardness in defining Carnage’s abilities, at one point slipping into a laptop and hacking into a government database to further the plot.
Where this movie really shines is in its emotional moments at the right time and the actual fight between Venom and Carnage. Eddie and Venom’s relationship is treated like a real one, and although director Andy Serkis portrays it largely through a comedic lens, it still leaves you feeling happy and warm. And in the midst of this couple breaking up and getting back together, two giant aliens are fighting 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 convey this message in the most brutal way possible, let There Be Carnage actually brings some to the screen. emotional charge between shattered pillars and stabbed sound effects.
It’s rare for a sequel to surpass the original, but Venom: Let There Be Carnage does it in every way it can. It’s funnier than a mile, the action is much improved, and the overall story is considerably more compelling. Additionally, this movie actually ends the setting of the origin story that began in the first movie, with our main character ultimately deciding to be the Venom anti-hero “the Deadly Protector”. If you liked the first movie, you’ll love this sequel. And if you weren’t totally convinced by the original Venom, chances are you like this movie a lot more.
Go see this movie and stick around for the end credits scene as it will make all Venom fans very happy.
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