In a hurry, you could go so far as to say that the best of Venom: Carnage released is the post-credit scene. It’s a bit unfair for a movie that has a fascinating character from the comics of Marvel, a duo of good actors like Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, some phrases that remain resonating and some fresh ideas in the artistic search. But it’s also a bit true.
Sequel to Venom, which was released in 2018, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and received with divided opinions, this film picks up the action shortly after where it left off. I mean, Eddie Brock (Hardy) has partly learned to live with Venom, the alien symbiote that took up residence in his body and helped him disrupt the sinister plans of a Riz Ahmed-faced villain. That victory did not allow Brock to recover his girlfriend, Anne (Michelle Williams), but it did help him rescue a journalistic career that had collapsed.
The successful work present makes him the chosen one of Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), a serial killer awaiting his conviction. Kasady, who has never confessed where the bodies of his victims are, promises Brock an exclusive in exchange for the publication of a poem that – the viewer knows – has to do with the love that was taken from him.
The girl in question is Frances Barrison, Shriek (Naomie Harris), protagonist of the introductory scene of Venom: Carnage released with a young Kasady. They were boyfriends in a complicated boarding school, they were forcibly separated and she would have been killed, but in truth they interned her in some remote place with maximum security. Kasady has lived, since then, desolate and with one more reason to accentuate the bitterness in which he justifies all the atrocities committed.
The problem is that in that meeting between journalist and murderer, Venom discovers some images that, in the hands of the FBI, change the course of things. Kasady is sentenced to death and in his last hours he sees Brock again. Between provocations and aggressions, the first swallows blood from the second, and in the mixture of that substance – which is, of course, part of the symbiote – plus the lethal serum, there is the birth of Carnage.
Turned into a reddish, expansive and full-armed predator, Kasady goes in search of his beloved to celebrate, as in Game of Thrones, a “red wedding” in which the only guests will be the intimate enemies. Brock and Venom, the main ones.
But things are not going well in this duo that does not hit the key of coexistence and that, of course, is the central conflict.
When the movie focuses on Venom / Brock, it’s a buddy movie of the man alone, with ups and downs. He frequently falls into a humor that borders on the childish (more than the first), and in some easy things that have their maximum point in a queer scene, with Venom celebrating that he came out “from Erick’s closet” and that he finally met others. “Monsters” like him.
It all makes up for the work of Tom Hardy, which stands out again for the muscular tension and jerky gestures with which it addresses this conflict of carrying two identities. Less is more, and in your physical effort it shows all the time.
When the movie focuses on Kasady and Shriek, the feel is of a washed up version of the Joker and Harley Quinn played by Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, and that says a lot. An actor like Harrelson is not taken advantage of and that could be due to the direction of Andy Serkis (the actor of Planet of the Apes) or simply because, like its predecessor, this film has a limited claim.
From time to time he seems to want to go for more. Some scene in plan The silence of the inocents, a nod to the Beatles, a dialogue that opens the door to loneliness and marginalization as the common denominator of a hostile society, and a shot with Carnage against the light of a church stained glass window, are flashes that last as long as a lightning bolt in a summer night. One waits for the explosion to split the sky and unleash the downpour, but must settle for a brief rain, which barely gets wet.
Venom: Carnage released he just wants to entertain and that, to a greater or lesser extent, is achieved. It is excessive even in the spatter of genres that make it up – which barely lasts an hour and a half – and is spectacular when it has to be. Carnage’s first appearance is quite a display of special effects, and the big fight with Venom has everything to satisfy the target audience.
But because of its load of violence and absurdity, it is closer to The Suicide Squad and his man-eating King Shark, than Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool which, from a distance, would seem like a better reference.
It is all a way towards a post-credit scene that, with fairness, refers to the so far distant Venom’s relationship with the famous Marvel Cinematic Universe. And if the seen is a sample of what to expect in the third installment, then perhaps it is the next film that gives Venom the redemption he deserves.
Venom: Carnage released **
United States, 2021. Original title: Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Address: Andy Serkis. Script: Tom Hardy, Kelly Marcel. Photography: Robert Richardson. Music: Marco Beltrami. With: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, Naomie Harris. Duration: 90 minutes. Premiere: In theaters in Uruguay, it was previewed on October 6, 2021.
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