Venom, which was released back in 2018, was memorable for all the wrong reasons. It was a mess of a film and featured a lot of contradicting moods and tones, as well as comedic elements, which simply didn’t work. Venom was basically just that one scene from Spider-Man 3 when Toby Maguire became emo but made into a full-length movie. What we’re saying is that Venom was pretty terrible – but since the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer dropped, we have a little bit of hope.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage Trailer Review

One reason for our enthusiasm is the fact that behind the director’s chair, is the diversely talented Andy Serkis. While Serkis is known more for his roles in front of the camera rather than behind it in movies like the Black Panther, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and more, he’s also an accomplished director, which is probably why Sony brought him along for the Venom sequel.

Check out the full trailer below.

The trailer kicks off with a desperate attempt to insert humor as inaudible lines are delivered from the Venom symbiote. The background song, One by Three Dog Night, is a juxtaposition to what the entire film’s mood gives us. The light-natured composition of the song is a direct contrast to the dark and serious quality of the film. There’s a  distinct shift in tone when Woody Harrelson’s voiced-over monologue comes in, which fits perfectly with his character. His slow and eerie delivery hooks us to the rest of the trailer, which features fast cuts, dark tones, and great sound editing. The trailer is pretty good, and injects much-needed hope in our veins without revealing too much.

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After the trailer, we can only hope for better execution in the story, acting, and overall cinematic experience. Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, True Detective Season 1) may also propel this film to new heights with what we expect to be a very dark, eerie, and psychotic-like performance as as Cletus Kasady/Carnage. His presence cannot be denied, as everything else fades into the background, even Tom Hardy, as soon as Harrelson is introduced. His presence leaves a long-lasting impact in this trailer and gives us the feeling that this might be a Carnage-centric film rather than Venom taking center stage.

All we can really do now is hope and wait. As of now things don’t look as promising as we would like for the film, but only time will tell if the risks taken for this sequel would pay off in the end. All our unnerving feelings will come to an end by September 2021 as Venom: Let There Be Carnage drops into theaters in the United States and hopefully on streaming platforms as well.


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