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"Venom Let There Be Carnage" (2021) Movie Review

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The Plot

Picking up where the first movie, Venom (2018), ended, we see Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) as he is still struggling to co-exist with the shape-shifting extraterrestrial Venom. As he works through his issues, a locked-up deranged serial killer, Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), calls upon Eddie to interview him. He wishes Eddie would write his story and share it with the public. However, under certain circumstances, Kasady ends up becoming the host of an alien symbiote as well, named Carnage. Now, Brock and Venom must put aside their differences to stop his reign of terror.

The Good

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy is the perfect actor to lead the movie. Essentially, he plays a dual role in the movie. And both of them are the lead characters. He not only voices the human protagonist, Eddie Brock, but also the symbiote, Venom. And he shines in both of his roles. To Hardy's credit, he brings this awkward but dedicated to his job character to perfection. The body language he displays throughout the movie shows a character who is not an action hero, but as he was sharing a body with an alien, he had to do the things he was uncomfortable with. And for Venom, he clearly went wild with his vocal acting because Venom in this is hilarious, stupid, and ridiculous. Also, Tom Hardy had to do a lot of solo acting in this one because he was talking to himself for a majority of the movie. It’s just great to see him understand and enjoy the roles he was given.

Chaotic Film Direction, but in a Good Way

The movie was directed by Andy Serkis in what would be his first directorial movie, and it shows. The filming direction was just all over the place and chaotic in nature. Now, there are some scenes that I hoped weren’t included in the movie or at least done better, but after the end credit scene appeared, I found myself enjoying his overall directing. There are issues, but he covers them up by having the most insane, out of this world, and craziest sequences in a movie ever made in 2021. The action scenes in the movie were hard-hitting and you could clearly see what was happening on screen. That’s a good thing considering most of them are made by CGI. Then, there was the acting performance in which every actor dialed up their acting to eleven, but not in an annoying way. It was still grounded, but you could see how they were enjoying the scene they were in.

The Post-Credit Scene

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Now, I couldn’t talk about the post-credit scene. Even in a spoiler-free review like this, touching on the topic of the post-credit scene can be considered a spoiler. And it’s crazy to say so because the movie has been playing in cinemas for some time now and it’s already officially available online, but it’s just a massive scene with a big implication on how things will move forward. All I have to say is that the movie is worthwhile watching once you get to the end credits.

The Bad

The Runtime

The script writers, Kelly Marcel and Tom Hardy, did a fine job overall for me. The plot wasn’t anything new that shattered the world of superhero movies, but it had the potential. And the potential was sadly cut down due to the fact that the total runtime of the movie was just over 90 minutes. There were a tonne of scenes that felt rushed and incomplete. The movie was in such a hurry to move to the next scene. And I believe the reason is that the director really wants to have Venom and Carnage fight in the end. But because of that, the story felt messy and inconsistent. There should have been slower moments in the movie that allowed the audience to feel and understand the story. But, Andy Serkis said no, and now we have to see Carnage do some carnage in the city. The runtime also cuts the potential character development of the antagonist. They showed his back story but showcased it in a flashback, but in a way that made it feel like it was taken from another movie. That the runtime should have been longer by 20 minutes is all I’m saying.

The rating should have been R-rated.

I am not a huge fan of R-rated movies because sometimes they use it as a gimmick. There are certain movies that deserve to use that rating, such as the Deadpool series and Logan. Venom: Let There Be Carnage also fits into that category because of how they display the action scenes. The scenes were brutal and hard-hitting, but the impact was lessened because you couldn’t see a single drop of blood in them. Even when Carnage is on a rampage, it feels tamed despite how strong he is being showcased. I don’t want to see somebody being torn apart in the middle, but at least some blood splattered on a wall could change the impact of the action scenes in the movie for me.

The Summary

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is an okay movie. It has its flaws, but it also has its good moments. All in all, I enjoyed the movie. It was action-packed, silly, and dumb, but I don’t mind it at all. I don't expect every movie to be smart all the time. Sometimes a dumb movie is just what I want. In the end, I would actually recommend people check out the movie and see for themselves.

The Rating

7/10

© 2021 Fadhli Dzil

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