The first reactions are in for Sony’s upcoming highly anticipated film Venom: Let There Be Carnage – and it looks to follow in the same footsteps as the first film. Ahead of the film’s release worldwide on 1 October, early impressions began to appear online from various media outlets who got to see the first previews. Many critics seem to agree that it’s a wild ride, albeit one that makes similar errors to its predecessor too.
Molly Freeman of Screen Rant praised Eddie Brock and Venom’s fun dynamic, but also panned its fast pacing and messy story:
#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
Meanwhile, Erik Davis of Fandango praised its leading actor Tom Hardy and his charismatic performance once again as Eddie Brock, calling him a scene-stealer. However, he also notes that the film has a “darkly hilarious tone” that carries over from the first film:
Tom Hardy is fantastic in #Venom2 – a film that gladly & madly leans into its darkly hilarious tone & then some. Definite NATURAL BORN KILLERS vibes from our villains, but it’s ultimately Hardy who steals every scene w/ a one-of-a-kind performance that’s SO much fun to watch pic.twitter.com/97vO6rHing
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 28, 2021
Dan Casey of Nerdist had a lot more positive things to say about Venom: Let There Be Carnage, calling it a “wild-ass movie of the highest order” and an “ultraviolent rom com.” Casey also notes that the post-credits stringer, which has become all too common in superhero movies these days, is a definite must-watch:
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
Finally, Germain Lussier of Gizmodo notes that fans of the first film will find a lot to enjoy in its sequel, though if you didn’t like the first film then this might not be for you. He calls it a “bigger, faster version of the first movie” but ultimately felt that it would be forgettable once the credits rolled:
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
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a sequel to 2018’s surprisingly fun (though flawed) Venom, featuring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock who is forced to host his symbiote alter ego, Venom, that grants him supernatural abilities and cannibalistic urges. The sequel will pit Brock and Venom against a new sadistic serial killer, Cletus Kasady, who adopts his own symbiote to become one of Spider-Man’s most vicious adversaries, Carnage.
While the film releases this Friday in some countries, it will only release on 15 October 2021 in South African cinemas.