Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) - IMDb

It didn’t take me nearly as long to see Venom: Let There Be Carnage as it did the first movie. I didn’t really love the movie, but I’m not really the biggest fan of all of these characters. They definitely ramped up everything in the movie and a lot of it lands but it doesn’t really mean that the movie is great. This continues the tradition of being a fun popcorn movie.

Andy Serkis directs Venom: Let There Be Carnage which came about because of his experience with CG effects. Kelly Marcel is the only writer that returns from the first movie. She also worked with Tom Hardy on the story. The story is kind of loosely based on the “Maximum Carnage” story arc from the Spider-Man comics.

Michelle Williams is probably one of my favorite parts of the Venom movies. She gets to have so much fun in both of the movies and I hope she returns for the next movie. Tom Hardy gets to have a lot more fun in this movie than he did in the first one. He gets to be both Eddie and Venom and that interplay is one of the best things in both movies. Woody Harrelson isn’t nearly as scene chewing as I would have wanted him to be. He’s a pretty understated serial killer. His voice for Carnage sounds great and I wasn’t sure that it was him doing the voice at first. Everyone else in the cast is good, but those are just standouts.

The plot of Let There Be Carnage picks up an uncertain amount of time after the first movie. I think it might be six months, but that’s just from some context clues. The movie actually opens with a flashback for Cletus Kasady that plays into the extended story. The relationship between Eddie and Venom is a bit more contentious which leads to them separating. That happens after Eddie is bitten by Cletus. This causes Cletus to become infected with Carnage. This causes all hell to break loose. The movie ends with a fight between Venom and Carnage. There’s even a midcredits scene that ties directly into Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is impressive with this having come out two months ahead of it.

I feel like Venom was redesigned in the movie. He seemed proportionally smaller, but that could just be me. Carnage is a very red character. Some times the red looks weird, but other times it looks right and thankfully most of the time the red looks right. There are only sparce moments where the CG looks off, which is about right for big movies nowadays. Marco Belltrami did the music for the movie. The score does a fantastic job in the movie.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is another fun popcorn movie that you can watch without doing much thinking. I went into the movie not really expecting much and it exceeded my low expectations. I would put this on par with the first movie quality wise. I give Venom: Let There Be Carnage 7.5 chickens out of 10.

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