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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Published November 20th 2021
We are better together, even if sharing a body with an alien
Carnage from Columbia Pictures' VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE. Photo by: Courtesy of Sony Pictures. ©2021 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

Well, I think the title says it all. If you've seen the first Venom movie, then you'll know exactly what to expect from the latest Marvel/Sony offering. This movie comes with extraordinary amounts of destruction, plenty of dead bodies, and of course, a bit of humour thrown in for so that you feel like you're having a good time.

Cletus (Woody Harrelson) safely caged for his interview with Eddie in Columbia Pictures' VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE. Photo: Jay Maidment. ©2021 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

The plot is reasonably predictable, a bit of angst at a personal situation, the obligatory bad guy, something goes wrong and the bad guy gets badder, hero saves the day and we all live happily ever after. There are no real surprises, particularly if you've seen the trailer. It does feel a bit like Marvel are just following the formula that they know works for them, and as loyal fans, we are well trained, with not one member of the audience leaving until we'd watched the end titles, waiting for the teaser for the next movie…and hooked…we just have to see the next one.

Actors Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson are convincing in their roles, doing their best to give life to the rather basic comic strip plot. The banter between Tom's characters Eddie Brock and his onboard symbiote Venom is amusing, however, at times I found it difficult to hear Venom's dialogue as it was lost in the gravelly effects. This meant I missed a few of the 'meant to be funny' one-liners - maybe I'm just getting old!. Probably the deepest message in this movie comes at the end, when after all of the trials and tribulations, Eddie decides that despite their differences, he and his symbiote are better together. I guess we can apply that to our own lives if we are looking hard to get something out of the movie.

Tom Hardy stars in Columbia Pictures' VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE. Photo: Jay Maidment. ©2021 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

Don't get me wrong, there are loads of special effects, and I did have a chuckle at the one-liners I could hear. I was definitely entertained, but Venom was certainly not a life-changing, belief challenging offering. The best thing is, that after a year and a half of lockdowns and mask-wearing, we can finally get back to going to the movies and get the full experience of the big screen! Sony have a host of movies lined up to come out over the next few months, including Spider-Man, No Way Home and Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which won't enjoy a simultaneous release on streaming services, so get ready to get back to some semblance of normality and head off to the movies.

Carnage in VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE. Courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment. ©2021 CTMG. All Rights Reserved. MARVEL and all related character names: © & TM 2021 MARVEL
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