Venom is a movie franchise that most of us want to like. It's about an anti-hero that looks unforgettable, is a formidable enemy of Spider-Man (perhaps the most beloved of all Marvel Superheroes) and boasts the concept of an everyday person being positioned to excel through the power of persistence. It’s a love story to all of us who aspire to be better. It's sequel isn’t terrible and I’d suggest that anyone who wants to spend an evening watching a top-class actor apply his trade in a very unusual way look no further than Venom: Let there be Carnage, but overall the sequel simply doesn't deliver as well as it could have.
Venom may have many super powers, but perhaps the most notable is his refusal to give in to foes that are more powerful than he is. A subject that was explored considerably in his first film outing against the symbiote Riot, but Carnage is a totally different creature and a threat that requires far more screen time to do the character justice.
The film is cut at 90 minutes, but there are clearly references to footage that was removed that would've created a far more complete picture...
Venom needed an R-rating to churn these dark concepts into screen time...
Carnage is a special villain and an extraordinarily powerful one, yet the battles between these two alien titans are limited to small environments...
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15 October 2021
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