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VENOM 2: Bizarrely Short & Chaotic Movie Results In A Bottom-Tier Marvel Release

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'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' is finally here and it was uh… it was an odd movie!

After finding a host body in investigative reporter Eddie Brock, the alien symbiote must face a new enemy, Carnage, the alter ego of serial killer Cletus Kasady. (via MovieRankings.net)

JeffDLowe (50/100): I won't pretend to be a big Venom fan or anything, but man, I really didn't like 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage'. My expectations were low, and the sequel was somewhat passable, but this movie was a massive flop.
- The runtime being ~90 really torpedoed this movie
-- Andy Serkis told us this was the intention, but I don't think it worked
-- The lack of character development for the villains was a big detractor
- Carnage is a major, powerful player in this universe and he felt reduced
-- Which is crazy, because this still felt more like a Carnage movie than a Venom movie
- The dialogue and humor didn't quite hit as much as the first movie, either
-- I chalk this up to a lack of letting the script breathe in a jammed movie
- Some of the acting was crazy clunky
-- The Tom Hardy & Michelle Williams dinner scene was shockingly rigid acting

The best way to describe 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' is by calling it a "jumbled, chaotic mess." A shorter, frantic story around wild characters is a good idea, but the movie really stunts the characters from ever having a moment to breathe on screen.

KenJac (40/100): This is a frantic, sprint-to-the-finish movie which makes it almost hard to traditionally review. So instead, here are some pros and cons:  

PROS
- Funny.
- Still, solid humor and good gags, the odd couple relationship between Brock and Venom made me laugh and had very solid moments
- The action looked fine, although that final fight just felt underwhelming
- Hardy was as solid as he was in the first movie

CONS:
- It is way too fast, especially in the first act
- There is a lot of stuff that feels unexplained? How did Kassidy know so much about Brock and why did he give a shit if he wasn’t aware of the symbiote
- The fact that this ended up being symbiote vs symbiote made it feel like a rerun of the first.
- The addition of Shriek felt pointless
- The way they had Woody play Kassidy felt uninteresting. It wasn’t particularly scary, and since he is a very 1D bad guy he just needed more intrigues 

Here is a parallel I thought of after watching this which I think is the big takeaway for me: Cinematically, Venom is a character that I associate with Deadpool. Very rabid fanbases, antihero sentiment, disassociation from the mainstream of the MCU, and lead actors that are now very tied up with the character. I think Deadpool, so far, has leaned into being different. Venom has kind of tried to do both. It wants to be a conventional superhero story with PG-13 sensibilities, but had an appealing edge to it that feels rated R. I think trying to satisfy both those parties has hurt it a lot, and hopefully, the SPOILER ALERT* induction into the MCU gives the character a little more of a concrete vision. 

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