With improved CGI, great-looking action, and yet another convincing performance by Tom Hardy, it meets the basic requirements for comic-book movie enjoyment.
Cast & Crew:
Andy Serkis| Director
Amy pascal| Producer
Tom Hardy| Actor
Michelle Williams| Actor
Woody Harreison| Actor
Naomie Harris| Actor
Stephen Graham| Actor
Reid Scott| Actor
After becoming infected with the Carnage symbiote, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) must find a way to stop serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson).
Eddie Brock tries to coexist with Venom despite his reluctance to accept his fate. To say the least, it’s a rocky relationship. Brock also tries to resurrect his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who distrusts everyone. However, things go wrong when Cletus becomes infected with a lethal and bloodthirsty symbiote. Brock must quickly find a way to collaborate with Venom while dealing with Kasady’s Carnage.
Despite the fact that the plot is fairly straightforward for a comic-book film, the banter between Brock and Venom is frequently the most fascinating aspect of the film. Brock is constantly trying to satisfy Venom’s thirst for, well, brains, which results in some amusing exchanges – even if the humour isn’t for everyone. Nonetheless, Tom Hardy’s performance as the CGI character gets the movie through some rough patches. Woody Harrelson, like Hardy, fully embraces the film’s quirky, often absurd tone and clearly enjoys playing the antagonist. They work together to make some of the obvious plot holes easier to overlook.
After learning from its predecessor’s mistakes, the runtime is an hour and a half. However, this is detrimental to the film’s secondary characters Anne Weying (Michelle Williams), Francis Barrison (Naomie Harris), and Patrick Mulligan (Stephen Graham). They have potentially interesting roles, but they don’t get much development beyond a few hurried plot beats, and they end up being the weakest links in the story. Furthermore, the editing is slightly jumpy in places, indicating extensive trimming, though this isn’t entirely distracting.
When the two sentient aliens finally battle it out in the third act, it’s a satisfying ending. Because of director Andy Serkis’ experience, the CGI is noticeably better than in the first film. The action is simple to follow and looks great in 3D without being distracting. While the film meets the basic requirements for comic-book movie enjoyment, the post-credit scene that raises the bar for the Venom character is its most important sequence. It not only changes the scope of where he and Eddie Brock will appear next, but it also makes this problematic yet strangely entertaining sequel more than worthwhile.