Venom: Let There Be Carnage Quick Take Review
If last time Venom (2018) benefitted from my low expectations because reviews were going off on how TERRIBLE this film would be, this time Venom: Let There Be Carnage is suffering from the reverse effect. THIS time, everyone else had low expectations and were delighted, then turned around to rave about how surprisingly good the film is...thus overhyping the film. I walked out thinking "where did all that good buzz come from??"
The main thing to say about Venom: Let There Be Carnage is that whatever the intended first cut of this film was, it has since been edited into oblivion by the studio. This movie moves at an unnatural pace; a breakneck speed that will never let you catch your breath. It's like taking a tour of someone's home and being pushed from room to room before you have a chance to actually look around and get a feel for the place. Any chance for characters to take a breath and reflect on the events happening around them is eliminated. The plot must constantly be moving along. Honestly, it would be exhausting if it all wasn't over so quickly.
Aside from that, the whole thing feels cartoonish...but at least Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson are having fun. I just wish the audience was allowed to have that same fun.