Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom: Let There Be Carnage ★★★

Definitely better than its predecessor for simply embracing what that first film needed WAY more of, and that's the interplay between Eddie Brock and Venom. Venom: Let There Be Carnage functions more like a goofy bromance about a reporter getting in touch with his inner Symbiote, in fact it's uncanny just how much the narrative parallels nearly every romantic comedy ever made.

I just wish the film was weirder. When it gives in to comic-book-isms, or when it tries to flesh out Cletus Kasady as a "villain" (Woody Harrelson is good here, but not nearly campy enough), the film gets bogged down by convention. I needed more of Venom making Eddie breakfast, or that third act convenience store scene (Mrs. Chen is the hero we don't deserve).

End credits scene is whatever.