Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review – It Should Have Been Rated R

Credit: Sony Pictures

Venom has been a popular Marvel Comics character that has appeared in comics, animated shows, video games, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, and his own solo movie starring Tom Hardy. The first film was a success for Sony Pictures, with the sequel being a no-brainer. At the end of the film, Venom teased Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, a known rival to Spider-Man. The serial killer’s other form, Carnage, will be making his big-screen debut in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Many have been waiting to see fan-favorite characters duking it out, and the film offers plenty of that. Sadly, the rest of the film suffers from bad dialogue, poor pacing, and bad editing.

Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock, and in the first film, he becomes a host of an alien symbiote named Venom. The symbiote gives Eddie superhuman strength and powers, but he will have to deal with having a symbiote inside his mind. Trying to get his life back on track, he gets the chance to interview serial killer Cletus Kasady. However, his encounter will lead Kasady to become the deadly Carnage.

If you’ve seen the first Venom, then you’ll know what you’re getting into with the pairing of Eddie Brock and Venom in the sequel. The film doubles down on the awkward relationship between the two, and it can be seen as very silly and foolish. This goes on throughout the film, and you can either go along for the ride or roll your eyes at how ludicrous the dialogue and scenes can be.

Credit: Sony Pictures

Woody Harrelson is a great casting choice for the role of Cletus, and watching Carnage run amok is mindless fun. As Cletus, he’s creepy and crazy, and then there’s Carnage wreaking havoc. It’s very sad that Carnage’s potential feels nerfed thanks to the PG-13 rating, and the way he’s shot and edited feels very tame.

Naomie Harris plays Shriek, the love interest for Cletus, and she has a devastating screaming attack. Her performance is silly and oftentimes cringey thanks to the script, and there wasn’t much to her character other than fighting here and there and giving Cletus motivation. Michelle Williams is back, and she does the best she can. Surprisingly, her performance is a bright spot in the film.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage’s short running time is another thing going against it, resulting in the movie feeling hollow. There really isn’t enough time to flesh out the different character arcs, and when you mix that with the editing and pacing, the film feels like it’s all over the place. At least this should make Carnage feel at home.

The highlight of the film is the end credits scene, and it is something that will surely excite a lot of fans. I don’t want to reveal too much here, but it’s mind-blowing and has me looking forward to the future.

Final Reaction

Venom: Let There Be Carnage has Venom fighting Carnage, and it delivers on that. Everything else just falls apart with the rushed editing, poor pacing, and bad dialogue. The best part of the whole film is the end credits scene, and Michelle Williams seems to be having a blast in her role.

Rating: 2/5 Atoms

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