You know what “𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐦: 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞” reminds me of? 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘥𝘺 𝘝𝘴. 𝘑𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯. When we actually get to what the title promises you, it can be a little fun to watch but everything that comes before that is utterly messy…..but unlike Freddy Vs Jason, even the end result leaves little to be desired.
Despite how limited their appearances can be, the actors are at least aware of the project they’re in and ham it up to 11 with Tom Hardy once again being the standout by far and unless you really want to count using the PG-13 rating to the best of its ability, a decent score and some slightly better cinematography and editing, that’s about it for positives.
Characters are severely undercooked, comedy no longer has bite or they try too hard to sell it (although I’ll be one to admit it never had much of an advantage there), I want to say there’s barely any production design, I love how quick the film moves, but at the same time, the premise is just way too simple for its own good with sloppy and cluttered imagery, and nonsensical choreography in the action sequences, which are still indecipherably sloppy to the naked eye; not that it would’ve matter because there’s not much consistency within its fairly linear structure.
Andy Serkis’s direction does maneuver around that PG-13 rating as best as he can while offering better keen insight on the semi-toxic, discombobulating straws-to-grasp on Venom and Eddie’s relationship but almost nothing else has that level of dedication that he gives to that and the actual plot on hand barely has much of a story to speak of. If anything, it’s almost exactly the same as the first movie minus the obvious endgame, playing out like an early 2000’s music video with all the 2000’s cliches and barely relying on its own story to produce an forgettable product made even more woefully unsatisfying with a watered-down version of Kasady. When CARLTON DRAKE ends up being the better villain by execution alone compared to one of the greatest villains in Marvel history, what is the matter with you?
Both Venom movies are prime examples of some projects being bad partially because of what they are but mostly because of what they are not. What could’ve been dark, disturbing character studies looking through the lenses of a literal parasite turned out like Party City turds in the wind that lose their flavor REALLY QUICKLY. Some people might be able to handle Venom being more associated to his PS1 counterpart; me personally, I’m looking for a movie that can combine the best of both worlds.
Golden sand just…..pouring right through Sony’s fingers.