Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Film Review

Director: Andy Serkis

Writers: Kelly Marcel: Tom Hardy, Todd McFarlane

Stars: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams

RATING: 2.5 Stars

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Eddie Brock struggles to adjust to his new life as the host of the alien symbiote Venom, which grants him super-human abilities in order to be a lethal vigilante. Brock attempts to reignite his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution. – From IMDB

If you have seen the trailer for this film then you basically know everything you need to know about it without really going to see it. The whole plot is laid out for you in a thirty second bitesize morsel. Safe to say that nothing in this film surprised or shocked me at all. I was a huge advocate for the first film, which I know a lot of people wrote of as hammy and a bit underwhelming, so I was doubly disappointed by how this one turned out, especially as we had to wait so long for it due to Covid delays.

This isn’t really a superhero film. It more of a romantic comedy between Eddie and Venom. It follows the romantic comedy formula to a tee. And really, this was the best aspect of the film. The banter between Eddie and Venom was top notch, and then when they finally find some common ground, and start to work as a team, that was great to see as well. Eddie finally gets a little character development. I mean it is very little, and it is really only in terms of his relationship with Venom, none of the other issues have been dealt with yet. But a little development is better than none.

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It;s not ever really explained why or how Cletus becomes home to a symbiote, or why it is so much bigger and more powerful than Venom. The whole superhero/supervillain plot is handled kind of slapdash, and makes some huge logical leaps with very little explanation.

Naomie Harris was painfully underused, and spent the whole time doing an accent that I couldn’t really place, and was just…weird, and nothing like the voice that the younger version of her character has at the beginning of the film. And I just couldn’t buy Woody Harrleson’s performance as Kasady. It felt a bit to overdone, a bit too hammy. He never felt like a huge threat to anyone.

A lot of fans have said, and they would be right, that the main reason to watch this film is for the mid credit scene. I saw this film twice, and both times the audience lost their minds at that reveal, so don’t be too quick to scarper after the film ends.

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ is out in UK cinemas now!

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