Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

2021, PG-13, 90 min. Directed by Andy Serkis. Starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham.

REVIEWED By Sarah Jane, Fri., Oct. 8, 2021

Let’s get this out of the way right now. Venom: Let There be Carnage is, objectively, not a good movie. It’s trying to be two different things, a comic book movie about a man and his alien symbiote and a rom-com. Yes, it is. The main reason the movie is enjoyable is because of the different romantic groups and their relationships. Andy Serkis (imagine this writer’s surprise to see his name in the credits after forgetting he was attached) has made a movie that pretends to be about comic book characters and their fighty stuff but that isn’t quite what you get.

Tom Hardy, who looks as though he’s literally turning into a human Tater Tot, is back as Eddie Brock/Venom, investigative journalist extraordinaire and carnivorous crime fighter. Woody Harrelson, channeling Mickey Cox, is Cletus Kasady/Carnage. He’s on death row for a bunch of murders a long time ago and wants to be friends with Eddie. Eddie isn’t having any of it and Venom, well, Venom would rather move to Cabot Cove and open up a detective agency with Eddie. Eddie is still in love with Anne (Williams), of course, and even though she doesn’t want to admit it, she still loves Eddie even though she’s with Dan (Scott). Oh, Dan. Poor sweet Dan. So, see, this is a rom-com, right? Right? Witty banter, comedic tension, romance, conflict … it’s all there. That’s before even considering the other group relationship in the movie. Because there is one. Cletus loves Frances (Harris) somethin’ real fierce. Has done for years. Their relationship is rather Cronenbergian at times: cars, wreckage, ecstasy sans James Spader.

Look, for a romantic comedy there is a lot of action. In between the longing glances, the throwing each other about, the outstretched writhing of sinewy, slimy, red tentacles, fights actually do break out. Honestly, the fighting was about all the lovers anyway. Tom Hardy has a story credit here and it’s clear he’s absolutely desperate to make a sweet little movie where he can be charming and delightful but with not so many explosions and dodgy special effects.

Sometimes, it's just chaos. There is a point when the audience realizes Eddie Brock is wearing Eddie Murphy’s signature “Axel Foley” outfit from Beverly Hills Cop. He’s got on the Mumford Phys. Ed. Dept. T-shirt, Detroit Lions varsity jacket, and even the Adidas shoes. What?! At another point during the final battle, the realization hits that there are three Oscar-nominated actors on the screen being thrown about the San Francisco nighttime sky. Get that cash, kids.

Venom: Let There Be Crazy, Stupid Love isn’t a great movie, but it doesn’t matter because it’s just big, dumb, romantic fun.

Showtimes

Wed., Oct. 27

4:05, 6:55

Fri., Oct. 29

2:35, 5:25, 8:15, 11:05

Sat., Oct. 30

12:30, 3:35, 6:35, 9:25

Sun., Oct. 31

11:15am, 2:05, 5:00, 8:15

Mon., Nov. 1

3:10, 7:55

Tue., Nov. 2

3:10, 7:55

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Wed., Oct. 27

3:25, 7:55

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Wed., Oct. 27

CC/DVS 8:20

Fri., Oct. 29

CC/DVS 3:40, 6:40

Sat., Oct. 30

CC/DVS 3:40, 6:40

Sun., Oct. 31

CC/DVS 3:40, 6:40

Mon., Nov. 1

CC/DVS 8:20

Tue., Nov. 2

CC/DVS 8:20

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC/DVS 2:10, 5:10, 8:05

Thu., Oct. 28

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:00, 5:30

Fri., Oct. 29

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:00, 8:15, 10:55

Sat., Oct. 30

CC/DVS 2:00, 5:25, 8:05, 10:40

Sun., Oct. 31

CC/DVS 12:10, 2:40, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Mon., Nov. 1

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55

Tue., Nov. 2

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 12:00, 2:35, 5:20, 7:55, 9:50, 10:30

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 11:35am, 2:25, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 1:50, 4:20, 7:10

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 2:20, 4:50, 7:30

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 2:25, 5:10, 8:00

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 10:05

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 11:25am, 2:05, 4:50, 7:40, 10:15

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 12:25, 3:05, 5:50, 8:30

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 1:25, 5:10, 8:00

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 2:20, 4:55, 7:40

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 1:40, 4:30, 7:15

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:30, 8:05, 10:45

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:30, 8:05, 10:45

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:30, 8:05

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:30, 8:05

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 12:10, 2:45, 5:30, 8:05

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 1:55, 4:35, 7:15

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 1:25, 4:05, 6:45, 9:55

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 11:05am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 11:05am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 2:30, 5:15, 8:10

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 2:30, 5:15, 8:10

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 4:45, 7:30

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 2:15, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 2:15, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 2:15, 5:00, 7:45

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 2:15, 5:00, 7:45

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 4:40, 8:00

Wed., Oct. 27

1:10, 4:50, 7:40

Thu., Oct. 28

1:10, 4:50, 7:40

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., Oct. 27

1:05, 4:30, 7:45

Fri., Oct. 29

1:20, 4:25, 7:45, 10:05

Sat., Oct. 30

1:20, 4:25, 7:45, 10:05

Sun., Oct. 31

1:20, 4:25, 7:20

Mon., Nov. 1

1:20, 4:25, 7:20

Tue., Nov. 2

1:20, 4:25, 7:20

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Wed., Oct. 27

12:00, 2:15, 4:45, 7:00

Thu., Oct. 28

12:00, 2:15, 4:45, 7:00

Fri., Oct. 29

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 9:15

Sat., Oct. 30

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 9:15

Sun., Oct. 31

2:15, 4:45, 7:00

Mon., Nov. 1

2:00, 4:30, 7:00

Tue., Nov. 2

2:00, 4:30, 7:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., Oct. 27

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 6:00, 7:45

Thu., Oct. 28

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 8:15, 10:30

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Wed., Oct. 27

11:35am, 2:35, 6:05

Fri., Oct. 29

1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:35

Sat., Oct. 30

1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:35

Sun., Oct. 31

1:10, 4:20, 7:30

Mon., Nov. 1

1:10, 4:20, 7:30

Tue., Nov. 2

1:10, 4:20, 7:30

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., Oct. 27

11:15am, 2:45, 8:30

Thu., Oct. 28

11:15am, 2:40

Fri., Oct. 29

12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 9:30

Sat., Oct. 30

12:45, 3:45, 7:00, 9:30

Sun., Oct. 31

12:15, 3:45, 7:00

Mon., Nov. 1

12:15, 3:30, 7:45

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:00

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 2:15

Fri., Oct. 29

CC 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10

Sat., Oct. 30

CC 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10

Sun., Oct. 31

CC 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10

Mon., Nov. 1

CC 2:05, 4:30, 7:25, 9:45

Tue., Nov. 2

CC 2:05, 4:30, 7:25, 9:45

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 11:40am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55
CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 11:40am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55
CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., Oct. 27

4:30, 6:55

Thu., Oct. 28

4:30

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Fri., Oct. 29

2:30, 7:30, 10:30

Sat., Oct. 30

5:00, 6:00, 10:55

Sun., Oct. 31

12:30, 4:30, 7:30

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:15

Fri., Oct. 29

CC/DVS 5:20, 8:00

Sat., Oct. 30

CC/DVS 1:45, 5:00, 8:00

Sun., Oct. 31

CC/DVS 12:50, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Mon., Nov. 1

CC/DVS 6:50

Tue., Nov. 2

CC/DVS 6:50

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 12:55, 4:20, 7:25
CC/DVS 12:55, 4:20, 7:25

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 1:00, 4:25, 7:30
CC/DVS 1:00, 4:25, 7:30

Fri., Oct. 29

CC 12:20, 3:50, 6:30, 10:00

Sat., Oct. 30

CC 12:20, 3:50, 6:30, 10:00

Sun., Oct. 31

CC 12:20, 3:50, 6:30, 10:00

Mon., Nov. 1

CC 5:10, 7:50

Tue., Nov. 2

CC 5:10, 7:50

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Wed., Oct. 27

3:00, 7:00

Thu., Oct. 28

3:00, 7:00

Fri., Oct. 29

3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Sat., Oct. 30

3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Sun., Oct. 31

3:30, 6:30

Mon., Nov. 1

3:30, 6:30

Tue., Nov. 2

3:30, 6:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Wed., Oct. 27

12:45, 3:15, 6:00

Thu., Oct. 28

1:00, 3:45, 6:30

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 11:30am, 2:50, 5:00, 7:20, 10:10

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 11:30am, 2:50, 5:00, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., Oct. 27

1:45, 4:45, 7:15, 10:15

Thu., Oct. 28

1:45, 4:45, 7:15, 10:15

Fri., Oct. 29

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00

Sat., Oct. 30

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00

Sun., Oct. 31

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00

Mon., Nov. 1

1:15, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30

Tue., Nov. 2

1:15, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 1:30, 4:05, 8:45, 9:20
CC/DVS 1:30, 4:05, 8:45, 9:20

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 1:30, 4:05
CC/DVS 1:30, 4:05

Fri., Oct. 29

CC 11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 10:30

Sat., Oct. 30

CC 11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 10:30

Sun., Oct. 31

CC 11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 10:30

Mon., Nov. 1

CC 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00

Tue., Nov. 2

CC 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Andy Serkis, Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham

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