The sequel to the 2018 film focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and Venom, the alien symbiote who resides in his body. To add to their problems, there’s a new supervillain threat (Woody Harrelson) and an ex-fiancée (Michelle Williams) who’s moving on.
Here’s why you ought to catch this fun superhero outing.
Mild spoilers ahead!
It’s a full-blown entertainer
Marvel has a surefire formula for superhero flicks – mind-boggling action combined with comedy and some unexpected twists. They’ve applied the same to ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and it works. The story is interspersed with plenty of laugh out loud moments, incredible action sequences and phenomenal CGI.
Eddie Brock and Venom are the dynamic duo we deserve
Loveable Eddie Brock, whose primary hobby is messing things up, and snarky Venom are the wise-cracking duo we cannot get enough of. Whether they’re trading barbs, trying to be heartfelt or simply existing – these two complete each other.
Come for the action, stay for the story
While the action sequences in the movie are expectedly superlative – especially the final battle between Venom and his nemesis Carnage – it is the story that’s the biggest hero. Whether its serial killer Cleetus Kasady’s (Harrelson) violent backstory; Venom and Brock’s constant clashes over wanting to lead independent lives; Brock’s heartbreak over his fiancée’s engagement to another man…it’s these stories that hook you.
The cast deserves two thumbs up
Hardy is top notch, as both Brock and Venom. He excels at physical comedy and is a revelation to watch in the film’s softer moments. Harrelson embraces his role as Kasady and Carnage with just the right amount of psychotic glee, while Williams is charming as always. Peggy Lu’s Mrs Chen, the convenience store owner who’s friends with Brock and Venom, steals the show in the two scenes she’s in. We wish there was more of her in the film.
The mid-credits scene delivers and how
Marvel is known for its mid and post-credit scenes and this one doesn’t disappoint. Just as Brock and Venom are lazing around on their exotic beach vacation, the identity of Spiderman (Tom Holland) is revealed by J. Jonah Jameson (J K Simmons) on television. We can’t wait to see how Venom makes an appearance in the Spiderverse.
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham