Venom Let There Be Carnage review: Tom Hardy sequel is wacky and funny if a bit rubbish

Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer stars Tom Hardy

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Ever since making a deal with Disney for Spider-Man to feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony have since launched their own franchise on the side. Focused on solo movies of Spider-Man villains, Tom Hardy kicked things off three years ago with Venom. And now after a few delays, a sequel has landed in Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

Venom ended on a cliffhanger with Hardy’s journalist Eddie Brock interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady.

Marvel fans know that in the comics this baddie has a symbiote like Eddie, but called Carnage.

And lo and behold Venom: Let There Be Carnage was greenlit after its predecessor was a box office hit, despite a ton of poor reviews.

Following Venom fighting a symbiote called Riot in the original, it shouldn’t be too surprising that it’s pretty much the same in the sequel, but this time bashing one called Carnage.

To be fair to Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the follow-up is a better film than the original, partly thanks to director Andy Serkis.

From the beginning, Venom 2 is a wild and wacky ride. You could almost say this film is, well, carnage.

Now Hardy’s bond with his symbiotic is certainly the most entertaining part of the movie, like two housemates in a love-hate relationship.

While Venom himself, also played by the lead, provides plenty of laughs throughout, especially in a surreal scene set in a nightclub.

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Harrelson is fine portraying a damaged serial killer once again, with a slightly dodgy ginger wig.

But sadly Michelle Williams’ Anne Weying feels underused apart from when she merges with Venom.

At least Naomie Harris’ Frances Barrison aka Shriek has slightly more to do as Kasady’s lover than she did as Moneypenny in No Time To Die.

Aside from a few laughs and some entertaining CGI punch ups, Venom 2 is, to be honest, a bit rubbish, and only slightly less so than its predecessor.

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Nevertheless, there are a couple of surprises towards the end that tease Venom’s future.

Without spoiling anything we may have a bit of a hint for Venom 3, while hanging around for the end credits scene is essential.

If anything, the mid-credits sting is the best part of a largely forgettable blockbuster. But hey, if you’re looking for some mindless popcorn fun with Tom Hardy, Venom 2 might be just what you need as we finally head back to the cinema.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage hits UK cinemas on October 15, 2021.

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