NOTICE: THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN BY GUEST TJ ZWARYCH, ALL CREDITS SHOULD GO TO HIM. THIS REVIEW IS ALSO SPOILER-FREE.
After struggling to find its release date, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is finally set to arrive in theaters on October 1st. I was lucky enough to see a screening in New York on Monday, greeted by Director Andy Serkis in the theatre. Serkis was open to answering fan questions, and was even able to mutter a laugh and answer that his MCU character Ulysses Klaue could in fact take Venom in a fight. After a brief video message from Tom Hardy, it was time for the movie to begin with hundreds of fans in attendance ready to view the new Sony feature.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage wastes absolutely no time diving into the gruesome backstory of Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady. The beginning of the film takes us into the mind of young Cletus, immediately describing visuals of a disturbed man’s twisted past. We see an action-packed screen minutes into the movie, and this doesn’t change at any point throughout. The movie is a fast paced, gore-filled thriller.
Both Woody Harrelson and star of the film Tom Hardy provide electric performances, perfectly encapsulating the lived chaos of bonding with an alien symbiote. Hardy’s dedication and love for the character shines through, while Harrelson gives the unhinged performance we all expected and new he was capable of. The criticisms of this movie do not come with the acting, but with the story.
While the film was entertaining, the storyline lacked depth. It seemed to hit many classic sequel tropes, while giving us very little time to breath between action sequences. The film had high stakes and interesting characters, but the speed at which they progressed through these characters’ stories made it very hard to build any time of connection with any new characters. While watching the movie, it almost seemed as though they were trying to progress through at a fast pace because they had bigger and better things coming.
The fast pace of the movie was welcomed, as it seemed to bring us to the epic post credit scene even sooner. Avoid spoilers like the plague before seeing this one, because it is absolutely worth the price of admission.
It’s not the best film of the year, but it’s a good sequel to the Venom franchise, and a fine movie to watch if you have 90 minutes to kill. Let us know how you feel about the movie by giving us a shout at @ReviewedCinema, @RCDiscussion, or @TJ_Zwarych5 on Twitter! Venom: Let There Be Carnage is in theaters on October 1, 2021.