Review: Venom-There Will Be Carnage

Review: Venom-There Will Be Carnage
Posted on 10/22/2021
Review: Venom-There Will Be CarnageMelanie Ascoli
22mascoli@cvsdstudents.org
Staff Writer

Fans have been long awaiting the release of the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster Venom. The sequel, titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage, released October 1st, 2021 and is just as big of a hit as the first movie.

The first movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer, follows the story of Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and his alien symbiote Venom as they come together and attempt to coexist with each other. Venom is a character from the Marvel comics who was often seen fighting heroes like Spider-man, meaning that Sony had access to the character within their agreement with Marvel. Therefore, Venom and its sequel are considered Marvel movies, but they are not connected to the greater Marvel cinematic universe (though the post credit scene may suggest otherwise).

Venom: Let There Be Carnage picks up shortly after the ending of the first movie, with Eddie and Venom living together, attempting to make up rules so that they can both exist peacefully within Eddie’s body. The post credit scene at the end of the first movie showed Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) in prison. Fans of the comics would know Kasady as the host for the alien symbiote Carnage, foreshadowing the events of this film.

Without giving an spoilers, the plot revolves around Eddie being asked to interview Kasady before he is given the death penalty. Kasady, a serial killer, is awaiting the death sentence and refuses to talk to any journalist but Eddie Brock. Eddie finally caves and goes to speak with Kasady, when an altercation occurs and Kasady interacts with Eddie’s blood which is intertwined with Venom. As a result, Kasady’s rage and Eddie’s blood create another symbiote attached to Kasady, Carnage. Kasady and Carnage break out of prison and mayhem ensues as Eddie and Venom must put a stop to their plan.

The film is not just an action packed thriller though, many of the actors and crew have gone on to call the sequel a “rom-com” as the way Eddie and Venom interact fits that label best. The two fight like a married couple, go through a separation, and eventually reunite to become stronger together, with tons of jokes and one-liners along the way.

Eddie and Venom must also deal with Eddie’s breakup and the fact that his ex is seeing a new man. The movie covers a broad range of topics and genres which can make it a little hard to understand or focus on what is happening.

So far the movie has received a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 84% on Fandango, compared to the first films 30% and 81% respectively. The ratings may seem underwhelming for such a big budget movie, but there is a big difference between the critic reviews and the fan reviews. From a cinematic standpoint, the movie is not the best.

It’s plotline is muddled and the editing and CGI are not as good as they could be. However, Marvel and even the character of Venom specifically, have an incredibly large and dedicated fan base. Fans aren't looking for a movie about Venom to be a cinematic masterpiece, they only care that it’s interesting, entertaining, and funny. They want a comic book movie to read like a comic book, full of gore, humor, and edgy villains. Using those standards, the film was near perfect as it gives you a great time for an hour and a half as you get to see some great comic book action and funny quips from A list actors. If you have any interest in Marvel, comic books, or even just silly movies, I would recommend that you watch Venom and its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
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