Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a sequel superhero film made for laughs. The first Venom, from 2018, was also a comedy, but unlike the first version this Carnage sequel is out of focus and, frankly, somewhat forgettable.

In Venom: Let there Be Carnage, Eddie Brock is back, played by Tom Hardy. Brock still has his symbiotes powers, which were given to him for evil, but he instead uses the powers to protect others. The voices of the symbiote still go through his head, and the voices are dark, but they can also be hysterical. Brock tries to get back into his reporter career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, played by Woody Harrelson. He also tries to get back together with Anne Weying, played by Michelle Williams. When Kasady escapes from prison, Brock must convince the symbiote within him to help him regain his powers to save the city from more damage.

Despite its lack of focus, Venom: Let there Be Carnage is fun at times, especially given the performances of Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Williams. But I found myself wishing for more from Harrelson, with that sinister smile he always has in the strange roles he usually plays. I also felt that the humor in the film was often overdone, and that the film relied too much on CGI. The extensive GCI works for some superhero movies, but this one, not so much.

I did enjoy bits and pieces of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and it is fun if you just want a film to not take seriously. Marvel comic fans will also find a few hidden gems in the film. But overall, I give Venom: Let there Be Carnage just two stars.

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