With just a couple of days away from release, Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage is ready to take a bite out of the box office competition. With Shang-Chi basically conquering theaters for the past 4 weeks, the second film should definitely help liven things up because, between you and me, October is looking pretty busy.
The first Venom was a smash hit for Sony and became the seventh highest-grossing movie of 2018. However, the film generally received negative reviews for its narrative, inconsistent tone, and lack of connections to Spider-Man. Tom Hardy though did get some praise for his performance. This time around, Venom 2 is directed by legendary mo-cap actor, Andy Serkis.
After a fan screening was held, critics took to social media to give their spoiler-free thoughts on the upcoming follow-up. What do they have to say? Well, a lot actually. Critics have praised that the sequel is very entertaining. Other reactions have mentioned how wild the film is. Some have even loved Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson’s performances, the Eddie/Venom bond, and the post-credit scene. Right down below you can see a compiled list of each reaction.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Reactions
Reilly Johnson – FandomWire
#VenomLetThereBeCarnage is action-packed! @WoodyHarrelson delivers a menacing performance even without #Carnage. #Venom's dual personality is both hilarious & endearing. Post Credits Scene is epic! Not the most intricate plot, but a very fun movie I recommend! 8.5/10 #Venom2
— Reilly Johnson | Disabled Entrepreneur (@ReillyBJohnson) September 28, 2021
Erik Davis – Fandango
The thing I liked most about #VenomLetThereBeCarnage is watching Hardy truly master this role in a way that makes all the multiverse crossover potential so much more exciting. I think he gets it & when it works, it is very entertaining. Can’t wait to see his Venom continue on pic.twitter.com/lgR9pJQQZn
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 28, 2021
Dan Casey – Nerdist
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a wild-ass movie of the highest order. Ultraviolent rom com that is delightfully self aware and weird. Tom Hardy gives 200%. Whatever you do, don’t miss the post-credits. #VenomLetThereBeCarnage pic.twitter.com/yoSBH67wMs
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) September 28, 2021
Mike Ryan – Uproxx
VENOM LET THERE BE CARNAGE: My gosh these movies are SO stupid and I can’t help how much I enjoy them. I could watch 10 more movies of Eddie and Venom calling each other losers. There’s a scene where Eddie and Venom are laying out on the beach together and they watch the sun set.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) September 28, 2021
Germain Lussier – Gizmodo
When it comes to Venom: Let There Be Carnage, it’s simple.
Did you like the first one? You’ll like this one.
Not like the first one? That’s how you’ll feel here.
It’s the bigger faster version of the first movie which I enjoyed and instantly forgot about.
Fun. Frivolous. pic.twitter.com/KseRn6s4E2
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) September 28, 2021
Molly Freeman – ScreenRant
#VenomLetThereBeCarnage has some really entertaining and charming moments—particularly between Eddie & #Venom which is still a super fun dynamic—but the movie gets a bit lost in the #Carnage of it all. There's too many ideas and the movie just barrels through the mess to the end. pic.twitter.com/IiZAw0qjET
— molly freeman (@mollyrockit) September 28, 2021
Coy Jandreau – Collider.com
If the first one isn’t your thing; this one likely won’t be either. But if you want a Saturday morning cartoon come to life with a dash of Universal Monster movies mixed with your favorite 90s comics this is the rollercoaster for you.#Venom #VenomDay #VenomLetThereBeCarnage pic.twitter.com/pNA5eu8TCu
— Coy Jandreau (@CoyJandreau) September 28, 2021
Matt Neglia – Next Best Picture
Overall I liked it better than the first but I still think it’s a bit silly and sloppily put together. After credits scene was ????
— Matt Neglia @NYFF (@NextBestPicture) September 28, 2021
Read the synopsis for Venom: Let There Be Carnage below:
“Over a year after the events of Venom (2018), investigative journalist Eddie Brock struggles to adjust to life as the host of the alien symbiote Venom, which grants him super-human abilities in order to be a lethal vigilante. Brock attempts to reignite his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution.”
Venom: Let There Be Carnage also stars Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison/Shriek, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, Peggy Lu, Sean Delaney, and Larry Olubamiwo.
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