Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review


Tristan Beach (2021-2022), Staff Writer

The film, like most, picks up where it previously left off. This time, beginning with a flashback
sequence, gives the audience background information to this movie’s new antagonist that was
teased in the first movie’s post-credits scene, Cleutus Kasady. We learn that Kasady is
imprisoned and awaiting the death penalty for the crimes he previously committed. Before his
inevitable death, however, Eddie Brock secured an interview with Kasady. But, after a violent
exchange that resulted in Kasady tasting Brock’s symbiote-infected blood, a new symbiote was
born: Carnage, the son of Venom.
The symbiote duo now has a major problem. Well, another major problem, as they are going
through some relationship problems. Eventually, like an unstable romantic relationship, the two
were forced to split apart, literally, attempting to distance themselves from each other. Their
break from each other was short-lived, however, as Kasady and Carnage managed to escape
from prison, endangering the entire city. Now, Venom and Brock have no choice but to put their
differences aside and work together to prevent mass damage to the city.
The writing as a whole was… all right. Some of the story threads were never fully fleshed out
and no extra depth was added to Eddie’s or Venom’s character. Kasady is the same. His
character was just way too over-the-top. The same goes for Shriek, Kasady’s girlfriend. How did
she get her ability to scream extremely loud? Who knows? Just roll with it. She was just an
unnecessary side character. Like the writing, the editing was not all that good either. Some of
the scenes just looked off. The idea of the offness of the movie is reinforced when it was
revealed that neither of the Venom movies were produced by Marvel Studios, but Marvel
Entertainment. Although they have made a plethora of good movies like Sam Raimi’s
Spider-Man trilogy, Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man: Into the
Spider-Verse, and Deadpool, they are just unable to work with certain characters.
Regarding their usage of certain characters, the writers of this movie decided to slightly change
the personality of Venom again. Instead of being the all-endangering alien supervillain that he
was in the comics, he is now a witty, alien version of Deadpool. Is this a massive problem? It
depends on how you view the problem. Venom’s entire relationship with Brock should be that he
only cares for his body, not Eddie himself. Does the change work? Sure. Does the change make
the character duo funnier? Yes. Is it comic accurate? No.
Regardless of the writing and editing, what really carries the movie is Hardy’s dedication.
Whenever a comedic scene is required, Hardy always delivers. How could he not? Nothing is
funnier than watching Hardy and Venom throwing chickens out of a window, and themselves
around the room, attempting to fight each other. After all, the entirety of the movie is basically
focused on Brock’s and Venom’s increasingly damaged relationship, rather than their conflict
with Carnage, which is what the movie is named after.
So, is this movie worth a watch? At the end of the day, it’s a fun movie about a sketchy-looking
reporter stuck with an alien parasite that he fights with a lot that has to fight their accidental alien
son, fused with a prisoner on death row.
However, if fans of Marvel’s cinematic universe are interested in watching this movie, be sure to
stick around to the very end for an exciting surprise, connecting the Venom universe with
Spider-Man’s! Something that has not really been explored through live-action movies since
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, released in 2007, almost 15 years ago.