I know I’m very late to the party, but this is the movie I recently saw in the cinemas. It was also the first movie I’ve seen in Australia. Let’s talk about Venom 2: Let there be Carnage.
A summary of the plot
Eddie Brock (played by the handsome Tom Hardy) has an alien/symbiote living inside of him, called Venom. Eddie is a journalist and wants to reignite his career by interviewing the serial killer Cletus Kasady (played by Woody Harrelson). It seems like the location of the bodies of his previous victims eludes the police and, hence; the police are also very interested in the interviews with Cletus Kasady because they want more information.
Meanwhile, Eddie is dealing with his own issues—specifically Venom. He wants his life back and is sick of Venom always being in the way. What’s worse is that Eddie is still in love with Anne (played by Michelle Williams) but now she’s engaged to the most boring guy ever.
Anyway, Eddie gets his interview with Kasady, but they get into an altercation and Venom comes out. Kasady then bites Eddie/Venom and is infected with a symbiote. I don’t know what the science is here, but okay, I’ll play along. However, the new symbiote, Carnage, is red, which is apparently worse than a black symbiote.
Anyway, Carnage appears just as Kasady is up for the death penalty and then he kills everyone in sight and escapes from prison. He then goes in search of his childhood love, Frances. Frances has superpowers which entail screaming that causes a supersonic boom or something like that. Again, I’m suspicious of the science behind this.
Kasady goes to break out his long-lost love. Eddie and Venom are going after Kasady because he’s dangerous, and the police also want Kasady in custody. Kasady breaks Frances out of a not so secure institute for the criminally insane.
The two of them get hold of Anne and inevitably Eddie/Venom go after her to save the day.
That’s pretty much the gist of it. Also, you can watch the trailer here.
What I think
It was just a funny and violent super/anti-hero movie. But I feel like they could have gone without it. The only real value it brings to the MCU was the mid-credit scene that gives us a taste of how Venom will be brought into the multiverse with the new Spiderman movie.
In this movie, you see a lot more of the humour and dynamics between Eddie and Venom. They’re obviously quite the odd couple, even though both of them are ‘losers’. However, the bickering between Eddie and Venom is cute, but it weans after a while. Venom wants to eat bad guys, but Eddie says no—again, this gets old.
Something that stood out for me was the voice-over in the young Kasady scenes—it was weird. A young actor played the role, but they used Harrelson’s voice. Also, I’m not a fan of Woody Harrelson’s wig in this movie, but I can let it slide because it’s Woody Harrelson.
I don’t know. It’s just a kind of ‘meh’ movie.
Directed by: Andy Serkis
Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris, Michelle Williams
Running time: 90 minutes
Have you seen Venom 2: Let there be Carnage? What did you think about it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.