Movie Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Rated PG-13

90 minutes

Released October 1st in the rooms

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a sublimely cathartic experience – well, at least for those of us who tend to keep our emotions bottled up. The story is mythical, the characters are complex and deep, and the film only focuses on a few very well-drawn, relatable actors.

Tom Hardy, as the protagonist “Eddie Brock”, is a brilliant actor. His performances in Mad Max: Fury Road and Inception made those films great. You may not realize that you have seen it in many other famous movies. He’s a chameleon, losing his ego in embodying each character physically and emotionally. He conveys the qualities of an ordinary man in the struggles of a hero. He has worked in film since 2001. As Brock in Venom, he faces the angst of one failure after another. He’s a good guy with a big heart, but nothing seems to work for him. What saves him is a highly unlikely relationship with a “symbiote” – an alien creature living inside his body. What could have been just a tale of destruction and devastation becomes a highly unlikely and twisted “buddy movie”, thanks in large part to the humor that pervades the story.

Hardy became invested in the character of “Brock” when he played the role in the original Venom film in 2018. For the sequel, he spent months working with Kelly Marcel, who wrote the screenplay for the first Venom. . They tossed around ideas and developed a rich tapestry of stories and characters, before she penned the script for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. There’s a sense of comedy lurking beneath even the scariest bits. The hardships endured by the main characters are recognizable to all. It’s a kind of comic – comics are our modern mythology. However, the way this story is written and the talent of the actors really elevate the film to great heights.

We identify with the colorful, outlandish characters and their pain, struggles and relationships. Naomie Harris embodies the primal cry of our pent-up rage as “Shriek, the woman for whom ‘Carnage’, masterfully played by Woody Harrelson, yearns. Harris has worked as an actor since she was a child. You may recall of her as “Tia Dalma” in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise or “Eve Moneypenny” from Skyfall, or the Oscar-winning film Moonlight.”Detective Mulligan,” played by accomplished British actor Stephen Graham, can’t catch a break , and while he may not be on the good side all the time, we feel for him. One of the film’s most memorable performances is Peggy Lu as “Mrs. Chen,” a role she reprized from the first Venom movie. I can’t tell you more, look at it.

Director Andy Serkis gives the grotesque symbiotes personalities we can connect with. “Venom” is reminiscent of your annoying little brother. He is the child inside of us. He constantly wants to snack, he is impulsive and thoughtless, he has no filter, and so he sees the truth before the humans around him see it. Every scene and every word has meaning. There is no wasting time here. Even mass destruction allows for a mass “Phoenix Rising”, a redesign of massive proportions.

When I heard the cheering cheers from the audience at the quick preview of the foreshadowing clip to the end credits, I realized that beloved comic book characters are like stuffed animals for avid comic book fans. . There’s something you’ll take away from this film, whether you spend your life in the Marvel Comics Multiverse, in the “real” world… or perhaps in another dimension, an existence all your own.

Kathryn Whitney Boole has spent most of her life in the entertainment industry, which has been the backdrop for remarkable adventures with extraordinary people. She is a talent manager at Studio Talent Group in Santa Monica. [email protected]