Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 7/10

Fun and quick, Tom Hardy

Basic story

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Venom:  Let There Be Carnage

Studio:  Marvel Entertainment/Pascal Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)

Genre(s):  Comic Book/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  September 14, 2021 (Premiere)/October 1, 2021

MPAA Rating:  PG-13

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Ain’t no party like a Venom party

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and Venom are a team…but when Eddie gets an exclusive on Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), Eddie finds his fame returning.  Cletus is on death row, but his encounter with Eddie could mean a new lease on life for Eddie.  As Carnage, Cletus and his girlfriend Shriek (Naomie Harris) are tearing up the town…and it is up to Venom to stop it…unfortunately, Venom and Eddie are having a spat, and the Lethal Protector might be unavailable.

Directed by Andy Serkis, Venom:  Let There Be Carnage is a Marvel Comics action adventure movie.  A follow-up to Venom from 2018, the film was met with negative reviews.

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Venom’s got a new (angry) playmate

Negative reviews for Venom:  Let There Be Carnage are rather uncalled for.  Venom was what you kind of expected, and Venom:  Let There Be Carnage is just more of Venom…like it or hate it.  It is a movie that advertises what it is, and it does provide that.

The bigger problem is the “Sonyverse” which Venom and Spider-Man fall into.  Spider-Man was allowed to be part of the MCU, but Sony has been trying to develop stories with the characters it has rights to.  Venom:  Let There Be Carnage is a short story, and the movie is very mainstream.  There aren’t really any surprises in the basic story, but there also doesn’t really need to be surprises.

The movie is primarily held together by the cast which seems to be having fun.  Once again, Tom Hardy just eats up his scenes as Venom and the dual role allows for a lot of fun for the actor.  Michelle Williams still gets to play as Eddie’s ex-girlfriend.  While Woody Harrelson is horribly miscast as Cletus Kasady (he’s playing ridiculously younger), he also is a decent serial killer.  I do feel Naomie Harris is poorly used as Shriek who gets no development.

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You’re making the father-son connection really difficult, Carnage

The movie looks as good as it can in the sense that both Venom and Carnage feel comic accurate.  It would help if Venom could sport his Spider-Man logo (maybe next movie).  I always enjoy a nice San Francisco location and the movie makes good use of it.

Venom:  Let There Be Carnage is quick and to the point.  You get a lot of fighting, Carnage killing, and Tom Hardy getting to be wild and crazy as Venom.  I didn’t expect much more and I felt it delivered on the promise.  Go into the movie not expecting a deep and intense story, and you won’t be disappointed.  Venom returned (briefly) in Spider-Man:  No Way Home in 2019, and Sony continued with their next solo character movie Morbius in 2022.

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Venom (2018)

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