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Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a wild ride that has a ton of humor and action mixed with a cute bromance between Eddie and Venom. The film isn't without its issues but it is definitely a huge improvement from the first film. Carnage was a long-awaited villain and I felt like he was used perfectly. Well, for the most part. But we'll get to that.
The film follows Eddie Brock as he is still recovering and in hiding from the events of part one. He's trying to reclaim his reporting career by interviewing Cletus Kassady, a notorious serial killer who's in prison for life. During one interview, Cletus bites Eddie, getting a bit of the symbiote in him. The symbiote bonds and grows, becoming Carnage. Now, with Cletus free and a threat to the public, Venom must stop him at all costs.
The most deserving of praise is none other than Woody Harrelson. He was a fantastic choice as Cletus, perfectly capturing the character's crazed state and insane actions. He also provided an outstanding voice for Carnage, and you knew he was a wild card every time he was on screen.
Tom Hardy was obviously having the time of his life and clearly loves being Venom. He's proof that dramatic actors can do great comedy and Woody is proof comedic actors can do great drama. Tom and Woody had spectacular chemistry and were undoubtedly remarkable rivals.
The issues that this film had were the same issues that the first film had. The cheesy humor wasn't dialed down but rather increased and that often cast the Eddie/Venom scenes in an unflattering light. Another issue the film had was its resolution. I can't go into deep detail because of spoiler territory but what I will say is that comic fans might be slightly disappointed.
Don't despair, however, because the credits scene will be sure to revamp every comic fan's enthusiasm and excite them for the future. In conclusion, I was very happy with the film and I suggest anyone who loves comics and loves the first film to go see it. I give it a 3 out of 4.
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