LET THERE BE CARNAGE makes for a fun watch and makes for a better watch than the first film in the franchise. A definite must watch for Marvel fans.

Venom – Let There Be Carnage (English) Review {3.0/5} and Review Rating

Back in 2018, we saw the release of Venom starring Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who contracts a symbiote to be Venom. Now years later, we see the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, a sequel to the first film to introduce the symbiote race. But whether the new film in the franchise will captivate the audience is the question.

Movie Review Venom - Let There Be Carnage (English)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage follows the story of Eddie Brock who tries to revive his failing career, while at the same time struggling with his symbiosis to maintain a sense of normalcy. In the midst of his chaotic life, Brock receives a strange invitation from serial killer Cletus Cassady (Woody Harrelson) on death row. The police request Brock to speak to Kasadi and find out where he has hidden his victims. An unexpected scene engraving on Kasadi’s own travels reveals the secret location Kasadi used to hide his victims, which ultimately leads to Kasadi’s sentence. Angered by this, Cassady sends Brock a note inviting him to witness his end because it was he who organized it. In his second meeting with Cassady, Brock is bitten by a serial killer who inadvertently comes into contact with a symbiote, thus giving Carnage an existence. Now teamed with Carnage, Kasady is out to take revenge on those who have belittled him. Will Brock and Venom manage to subdue Cassady and Carnage, or will the latter two dominate the journalist who produces the rest of the film.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage begins with a 1996 montage that introduces the film’s main characters such as Frances Barrisson (Naomi Harris), Cletus Cassady, Patrick Mulligan (Stephen Graham). After an introduction and some back story, the film continues detailing Eddie Brock’s struggle to achieve his stature in the world of journalism for the main character and his symbiotic Venom. From there, the film quickly moves to Cassady and Brock’s encounter, in which Cassady comes into contact with a symbiote that brings it into existence. From here the pace of the film picks up dramatically as a cat-and-mouse chase begins to involve all of the characters introduced so far. Director Andy Serkis has done a good job with the direction. Despite playing multiple story tracks at once, he manages to seamlessly merge them for a pleasurable viewing experience. One needs to note here that even though the film is quite dark, it has much lighter moments than the first film. In fact, the constant joke between Brock and Venom adds some funny light moments to the film.

Coming to the performances, Tom Hardy has once again proved his mettle as a strong actor, portraying a man perfectly in what he wants to do, what he has to do and what he has to do. Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady AK Carnage has similarly done an exceptional job in his given role. Even behind bars in a protected room, Harrelson manages to portray an air of danger. His play on expressions, modulation of voice and of course his acting talent give essence and life to his role. Naomi Harris as Frances Barrisson has done well, but seems to have been seriously underutilized, especially since given the chance she could have easily crippled both Venom and Carnage. However, on the other hand, the film has a meatier role than Michelle Williams’ first as Anne Weing. In fact, she plays an important role in the film which helps to take the story forward.

Considering that Venom: Let There Be Carnage is an action featuring aliens, there is bound to be CGI used and a lot more to it. However, despite being high on CGI content, the film’s visuals appear smooth and clean. A commendable job done by the VFX department which has maintained the spirit of realism while executing the action sequences. A special note needs to be made here for the action team to maintain the physics of the film, which stays true despite the gravity defying stunts. In terms of the background score, Marco Beltrami as the composer has done well to lend the visuals with a captivating track that enhances the viewing experience.

Overall, Venom: Let There Be Carnage makes a fun watch. Better than the first film in the franchise, Venom 2, which takes the character’s story forward to tie it down with another major franchise, is a definite must-see for Marvel fans. A good jump in the collection of the film can be seen at the box office.

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