By Grace Rodriguez
Fans have been anticipating the release of “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” since the release of the last movie, and they will not be disappointed.
The film’s opening scene takes place in 1996 and introduces viewers to the antagonist Cletus Kasady, also known as Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson.
This is a perfectly cast character, considering Harrelson often takes on cheeky and dislikable characters and somehow manages to make them relatable.
The story is straightforward.
It’s a superhero movie with an anti-hero named Eddie Brock, also known as Venom, played by Tom Hardy.
When the journalist crosses paths with the serial killer, chaos ensues.
Aside from the usual gems—Hardy and Harrelson—the cast is splendid and included names like Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, William W. Barbour and Peggy Lu.
The film is much more than a simple superhero movie.
It is a tragic love story and a story of friendship—a wholesome movie indeed.
This film had the same approach as the first, but with Venom acting like a protector.
Venom, a misfit alien, shows a more tender side toward Eddie, who he inhabits.
He is the embodiment of the audience’s internal monologue.
The conflicting situations Eddie finds himself in trigger Venom to respond often in a manner that is extremely relatable—this often serves as comedic relief as well.
Venom is the ying to Eddie’s yang, and it is interesting to see the relationship between the characters develop.
They are simply “symbiotic,” as Eddie puts it.
Venom’s insatiable thirst for bad guys is still alive and well in this sequel.
And his soft spot for Anne is still very much present as well.
Often she is his motive for his decisions.
Fans will embark on a journey of emotions with this action-filled film.
More than one new character is introduced, and it is interesting to find out exactly who.
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” was released on October 1.
With three producers Ari Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal, the production value was more than spectacular.
The camera work was amazing.
At one point in an early scene, sensory deprivation had to be mimicked and they delivered.
At 1 hour 37 minutes, the film was directed by Andy Serkis and written by Kelly Marcel.
There is a teaser for a new character and possible villain toward the end.
A more seasoned fan of Marvel might be able to guess who it is.
Viewers should be sure to stay for the usual Marvel post-credits scene.
Not only will it expose an interesting point of view, but it shows one the best crossovers in a quite while.
It made the theater audience audibly go, “I knew it!” in unison.