Venom Let There Be Carnage is a 2021 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Venom, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and Tencent Pictures. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the sequel to Venom (2018) and is directed by Andy Serkis.
“If you like your superheroes light and you are not too concerned about well-developed plots and characterisations, then this is the movie for you!” – this was our recommendation three years ago regarding the original movie and nothing much has changed for this money-grabbing sequel. Like the original, Venom Let There Be Carnage really only works when the symbiotic titular character interacts with his host Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) – the pathos and humour drips from every scene Hardy effectively interacts with himself.
Building an effective plot line around this characterisation is the real problem of Venom Let There Be Carnage. Like the original, the antagonist is yet another symbiote viz. the fan-favourite Carnage (played with over-the-top demonic glee by Woody Harrelson) and any battles between the two becomes a disengaging exercise in CGI that is extremely boring. At least Carnage is red in colour and there is a proper way to tell the duo apart unlike the problem with Rage in the first movie.
Much of the story events of Venom Let There Be Carnage comes across as convenient and illogical, simply to move the plot along by whatever means. Even if it makes no sense whatsoever. And of course, forget about any characterisation whatsoever as every character – even Eddie Brock – is made of cardboard, but with less depth and substance!
In fact, probably the best thing about this abysmal movie is its post-credit scene which tells you everything you needed to know about Venom Let There Be Carnage. Avoid.
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