Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

What makes superhero movies especially exhausting these days is the average length. Spending two-and-a-half hours treating what equates to a less-homoerotic wrestling rivalry like it’s high art with powerful themes For The Times™️ does little but show how the genre has become a far cry from the truly radical origins of comic book heroes. At a lean 97 minutes, any and all fat trimmed, all the motivation given right away with nothing extra, Venom: Let There Be Carnage sought to stand out as a film that shuts up and plays the hits. And it succeeds.

Still reminiscent of that awkward early 2000s period where no one knew how to make a superhero movie, but with a charmingly sloppy, bizarre, and even horny energy that’s neglected in the sanitized MCU (which makes me wary of the future now that certain things were shown at the end). For now, I’ll count this as a victory.