Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Director: Andy Serkis
Writer/s: Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy, Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie
Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and more.

The Intro:
YES! ANOTHER ETERNALLY DELAYED FILM HAS ARRIVED! If you want to see something funny, go to the Facebook page for Venom and look at their profile picture album. You can see how many delays there were, haha! Anywho… The monster symbiote has come back along with a powerhouse like Tom Hardy. Will the sequel hold up? Welp, let’s dig in.

IMDB Summary:
“Eddie 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.”

The Oberrating:
First off, THANK GOD they changed that Raggedy Anne ass mop that was on Woody Harrelson’s head at the Venom 1 end credit. Good LORD!
So let’s get right out with it. Venom 2 is a lot of fun. Crazy funny for the most part and provides some solid popcorn movie style entertainment. However Venom 1, I feel, is the better all around film (yet not by much) but for sure the better of the two.
Now how does Venom 2 fall behind 1 in quality? Well funny you asked. As I said before, the movie is crazy funny, but if a joke didn’t land for me… it did not land. Some of the lines came across as terribly written and horribly cringeworthy. That does not even end with only the comedic lines, there were a good number of lines that were purely conversational and serious that were just… no.
On top of the line delivery, the story was a mess. At a runtime of an hour and 37 minutes, the movie did not do well to convey its story seamlessly. In my opinion, and it seems a lot of others as well, we have been thinking this may have been a rush decision to speed up some storylines, which resulted in a lot of story points landing on the editing room floor.

Performance wise, I still stand by my opinion of the first film along with new added performances. Tom Hardy is an excellent Eddie Brock. He has yet to disappoint me in any role which includes high budget Hollywood films such as Venom.
Michelle Williams and Peggy Lu return for the sequel and bring their same fan favorite performances within themselves.
Newcomers Woody Harrelson and Naomie Harris bring on the new villains in Cletus Kassidy and Frances. Woody simply never disappoints. His serial killer unhinged performance was fantastic. Naomie brought an interesting dynamic to the villain duo. Not blown away, yet still appreciative of her performance.

Extra note: Loved the graphics in this one. Woody especially looked dope transforming into Carnage.

The Wrap-Up:
Unfortunately, this is a film completely overshadowed by its post credit scene. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED IT! BUT… A movie should not be deemed good just because of the shock value of an after credit, and for some reason that is how people are treating this movie. Venom 2, as I said, is sloppy and lazily written, at times. I firmly do not believe it’s a better all around film than the first one, but it for sure is more entertaining in the matter of comedy and maybe even some action, although now I’m kind of retracting that statement after thinking of the beatdown scene in the news building, but regardless. It’s a worthy sequel. The future is hella bright for the character of Venom, and as long as I get some form of Venom 1 or Venom 2, I’ll still be along for the ride because these have been pretty good films to this point.

Rating: 3/5


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