Scheduled in a few weeks in theaters, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” begins to collect its first opinions. Does this sequel directed by Andy Serkis manage to do better than the previous film? Small anthology of reactions that have just fallen.
Venom: a disturbed and turbulent anti-hero
The first Venom did not leave a lasting memory, despite the presence of Tom Hardy headlining and Ruben Fleischer behind the camera. The director seemed however rather not badly placed to treat such a character but the sauce has hardly taken. At the artistic level, at least. Because financially, Venom was a big hit to $ 856 million. Sony, who wants to develop an extended universe around Spider-Man (we recall that the rights belong to the studio despite the presence of the superhero in the MCU), was quick to formalize a sequel featuring Eddie Brock.
Andy Serkis has been hired to take charge of the project, and Woody Harrelson, introduced in a post-credits scene, will be the center of attention in Carnage. The film should set up more the Extended Universe but we especially hope to see a more satisfying spectacle. The release date is fast approaching since it is set for October 20 with us.
The first opinions have arrived
This suite, titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage was shown in preview and opinions and reviews are starting to fall on the net. Before going into more detail, let us note that the feature film collected a 74% on RottenTomatoes. Which remains positive on the whole but we cannot speak of a hallucinatory enthusiasm. The evolution compared to the first part remains significant. The latter had managed to collect a feeble 30% for more than 350 reviews.
While it will appeal to most fans of the first installment of 2018, Carnage proves that superhero fatigue also applies to non-heroes.
A feast of visual and sound effects that should satisfy those who want to give it a go.
The actor raises the bar for silly humor and trashy fun in this sequel to the alien-symbiote duel.
It’s not the advertised show that cements Venom: Let There Be Carnage as touching, savage entertainment. It’s the themes of home, love, and camaraderie that make the Serkis sequel another reason to want more Venom movies, and soon.
This suite invests the same space of debility as the previous one. If you liked the first one, this one will be for you too.
Even among these convinced, we still feel nuance and no real enthusiasm. But what do those who report disappointment say? This is the case of San Francisco Chronicle, of Variety, of The Playlist or even Guardian (in order, below):
This is Tom Hardy’s worst movie. Woody Harrelson’s Worst Movie. And Michelle Williams’ worst movie.
Serkis is driving it all, understanding better than anyone the technology required to achieve the desired virtual performance, but he shows almost no vision as a director.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage continues to be a CGI horror and a ridiculous mess.
A pile of monster porridge that should never have left the lab.