Venom: Let There Be Carnage
The Marvel fans have a crazy fan following across the globe. The excitement of the franchise had reached its pinnacle during Avengers : End Game that marked a completion of an era that had featured as many as 21 films previously in the franchise. Post that, Marvel had a lot of rebuilding to do to expand its universe. And one of the new superheroes that did get a look in was Venom. After the success of its origin story, the makers are back with its second part Venom : Let There Be Carnage that had a theatrical release a while back. And with the cinemas open, I finally got a chance to watch it. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
The second part of the franchise, Venom : Let There Be Carnage follows the story of Eddie Brock as he gets ready to face another one of his nemesis. The story is quite typical of a superhero movie. While it is good fun on paper, the problem that I had with it is that it is far too simple. The screenplay too isn’t very layered and way too simple. But the good part is that the screenplay is taut and crisp and stands at just about 90 minutes. What that does is, it doesn’t waste too much time on the buildup and instead gets to the point quicker, keeping you on your toes throughout. But the main problem which I had stays – the screeplay is indeed one dimensional and quite predictable that you can literally count its pulses. Although it is a lot of fun to watch with ample amounts of humour to keep you invested, at the end of the day it is quite simplistic. The final showdown between the two parties involved is quite good and satisfying. And that post credit scene definitely does its bit in expanding the universe as well as heightening the excitement of the fans. Overall, a simplistic screenplay but a lot of fun to back it up!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are filled with one liners that are entertaining. Also the banter between Eddie abd Venom is perfect to make you smile and keep you engaged throughout. The music is good with a catchy BGM that keeps you hooked. The cinematography is top notch as is the case in all Marvel films. The VFX are astoundingly good. Director Andy Serkis does a good job with the direction. A thing that he really scores on is that he manages to get a grip on the audience despite a wafer thin plot.
The performances are pretty good. Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison definitely makes her presence felt. Likewise for Michelle Williams who has a sparkling presence as Anne. Woody Harrelson as Cletus plays a good nemesis to our protagonist. However, it was the way his character was written that did not really leave the desired impact unfortunately. Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock is absolutely smashing nailing some of the most witty one-liners. Quite an underrated actor, and he puts his best foot forward here.
Venom : Let There Be Carnage is good fun throughout but its wafer thin plot makes it a decent one time watch. Available in a theatre near you.