Venom Let There Be Carnage Review: Madness and Mayhem

Venom Let There Be Carnage, starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris and Stephen Graham, is now out for the Indian audience. The Marvel superhero film returns with an exciting sequel in theatres from today. Directed by Andy Serkis, Tom and Kelly Marcel wrote the story. Kelly wrote the screenplay with cinematography by Robert Richardson.

The IMDb synopsis reads, ‘Eddie Brock attempts to reignite his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution.’

Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review Contains Mild Spoilers

The opening scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage is of cops taking away young Frances Barrison, aka Shriek (played by Olumide Olorunfemi). Cletus Kasady (Jack Bandeira for the younger version) is shattered as he gets separated from his lover. The scene cuts to 2 decades later, where Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) is in prison. He requests to meet Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) to share his story with the world.

Cletus Kasady is a serial killer who loves killing for pleasure. Venom and Eddie argue as the former believes he should eat Kasady’s head. Amid their argument, they find the victims’ bodies killed by Cletus over the past many years. After a lot of drama and a tussle between Cletus and Eddie, the serial killer becomes the host for Venom’s spawn Carnage.

Carnage means destruction in the film, which goes on a killing spree, much stronger than Venom. It’s a tough situation for Venom and Eddie, who get separated because of their differences. So how will the two come together again and fight Cletus/Carnage? Will Venom and Eddie succeed in overpowering Carnage and save the city? The film answers everything.

Venom Let There Be Carnage starts quite well with a plot that leaves you curious to know what’s more. It is obvious that Tom Hardy and Kelly Marcel had lots of fun while writing the story. It’s packed with suspense, humour, drama and a few twists. Director Andy Serkis has done a great job capturing Venom and Eddie’s helplessness in their ‘relationship’. After all, just like every couple, these two also have differences that can’t always be easily solved.

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However, the constant arguments and random scenes between Eddie-Venom and the slow dialogues between Eddie-Cletus hamper the pace of the narration. It takes a lot of time to establish a point in the story. Even when Carnage appears, the narrative slows down to show us the madness he possesses. While it works once or twice, repeatedly showing his violence in the same manner, is too much.

The fight between Venom and Carnage is what one expects when two powerful beasts have a showdown. Shriek adding more to the trouble, and people’s lives are at stake. Venom and Eddie have to keep aside all their differences to fight the powerful monster full of rage and revenge.

Coming to performances, Tom Hardy is phenomenal as usual. The star of the film is Woody Harrelson, who plays a proud serial killer. The way he smiles and talks about his hobby of killing is creepy and makes you admire the actor. Naomie Harris didn’t get much to showcase her talent in the story. The dialogues are okay; only the jokes land.

Venom Let There Be Carnage Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is madness and mayhem together. It’s a story that doesn’t want you to think too much. There are all elements you seek in a superhero story that keeps you glued, even if the narration gets stagnant at some point. The story ends on a cliff-hanger, but the mid-credit scene teases something else. Venom 2 is a good one time watch, especially for the fans.

The film is now out in theatres in India.

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Venom Let There Be Carnage Review: Tom Hardy is back and now has to fight a supermonster, Carnage.

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