Directed by Andy Serkis who replaced Ruben Fleischer, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a big step up from Venom 2018. Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock (and voices Venom) and this time he’s more involved in the creative process and it shows. What was Sony’s attempt to match the success of the MCU has now grown into a solid franchise, and despite its flaws, it still leaves audiences wanting more – mainly because of the big surprise at the end of the film.
It’s no secret that after the success of the first Venom film, Sony has placed all its bets on its own cinematic universe of super villains Spider-Man with a sequel to Venom: Let There Be Carnage. With Hollywood’s most prominent mo-cap actor and practitioner Andy Serkis at the helm, Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock and his alter ego Venom as the two battle Woody Harrelson’s psychotic powers as Cletus Kasady and the Carnage he brings. The end result is what is probably the character’s most absurd and craziest film yet.
Continuing what happened in the previous film, it is said that it has been more than a year since Venom and Eddie Brock bonded with each other, even though they often clashed. Although very devastated, the two also began to accept the fact that Anne, who was in a relationship with another man, was now only their close friend, no longer a lover.
Eddie’s own reputation as a reporter rose again after successfully determining the location of Kasady’s victims, despite Venom’s intervention. However, it became the beginning of hostility with Kasady who felt betrayed by the reporter.
An incident between the two, plus the death sentence that Kasady must undergo, actually causes him to get the same ability as Eddie with his symbiote who calls himself Carnage. As a result, Eddie and Venom who are going through a difficult time in their relationship now have to face a very serious threat. Inevitably, this deeply incompatible duo must put their differences aside to stop this new foe.
What makes the sequel successful is the chemistry between Eddie and Venom. Just like in the previous film, many jokes are thrown every time the two interact with each other. Moreover, Hardy looks more eloquent in presenting a hilarious appearance as Eddie and his alien symbiote. Hardy has found himself as Eddie Brock and the balance between Brock and Venom is explored on several levels throughout the film.
The same can be said of Woody Harrelson’s performance as the psychotic Cletus Kasady and Carnage. The dimension of the evil level of this character is also well described in the portion of the background scene. While the plot may not be the most original, it works well for the characters and gives Harrelson plenty of room to dimension the depth of the character he plays as Cletus Kasady.
This film embraces a lot of comedic elements that do quite well. Some of the jokes are right on target while others are a bit off, especially when it comes to the scene between Eddie and Venom.
For the action scenes, there is a noticeable improvement from the previous film. The final fight that took place between Venom and Carnage worked very well thanks to the direction of Andy Serkis who already had very high flying hours in terms of CGI scene affairs.
The duration, which is not too long, gives a little bit of an obstacle in leaving time for exposition to get to the action portion. This causes a lack of depth to some of the supporting characters, although it’s not too distracting.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a big step forward for Sony. And, with the prospect of being linked with upcoming events to the MCU, making the next chapter in the story of the Lethal Protector very interesting to wait for.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage can be seen in Indonesian cinemas