Fasten your belt, it will shake. In the big game of the worst blockbuster of the year, the second Venom film takes a head start, goes strong and risks winning with a good head start.Venom is a surprisingly complicated character for a simple supervillain. whose purpose is to symbolize the anti-Spider-Man. And Spider-Man isn’t even in it, for big money. This makes for a slightly crazy film that dares everything without ever really getting there.
For those who disembark, it’s the story of an alien organism that merges with a man. The two entities must therefore coexist. E.T only dreams of eating people while his human host, Eddie Brock, tries to channel him. They talk, yell at each other, argue and reconcile. A real couple, but in the same body. Together they are Venom. The first film is a real supercharged nanar where only Tom Hardy gave the feeling of playing, but in the manner of Michaël Youn in Uncontrollable. It was a textbook case in the category of films so bad they become awesome.
Seeing Tom Hardy go to so much trouble when no one seems to realize he’s playing a crap has become a bit of a signature to the first film. In the second opus, rest assured, everyone has spread the word: they know now. First, Woody Harrelson, who has changed his wig since the previous episode where we saw him. He therefore trades his Ronald McDonald hair for a sort of reddish square that reminds us how this actor is not afraid of any hair daring.
This hairpiece is probably the only one who plays right during this hour and a half. And yet there is Michelle Williams, who is hardly given anything to do. Putting yourself in his place, we say to ourselves that a phone call to our agent is in order. We don’t understand why the characters act, what their motivations are, they just go from one point to another “because”. Woody Harrelson aka Cletus Kasady aka Carnage is also the childhood lover / friend of Frances aka Shriek played by Naomi Harris. Same, we are supposed to believe it … “because”.
As in the first Venom, there is little chemistry and logic in all of this. From the height of the English Shakespearean accent finished in the cognac he gives himself, it is Tom Hardy who holds everything, does everything and tires everyone a little. Besides, he co-wrote the film. We think a lot about Johnny Depp, at the end of his reign, who continued to make films intended for children when no one asked him to.
Lack of taste
In truth, we kind of hoped that Venom 2 would reproduce what its predecessor did, a chick that we watch with alcohol and pizzas with friends, a bad movie but funny enough to be laughed at. This sequel stinks of competitive cynicism, with, as a climax, a parody scene of coming out in rave party completely slammed to the ground. It’s an obvious rule anyway: if you feel that your film sucks, don’t try to make a nightclub metaphor.
By his own admission, Andy Serkis’ ambition was “a little” to make a couple’s film. To make Venom a gay comedy, a quirky buddy movie. Of the three proposals, none really succeeds. While Venom and Eddie do have moments as a couple, the film hangs in a bit of awkward superficiality.