Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage a fun family film with a twisted agenda


Chris White, Film Critic

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the newest action film added to the marvel cinematic universe. The film stars Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Naomie Harris and is directed by Andy Serkis.

The film follows the events of the first film with Eddie Brock, a struggling journalist who becomes the host of an alien parasite that completely turns his life upside down. During the events of the first film (Venom 2018) Eddie and the parasite named Venom work to understand each other through the film in a messed up kind of way.

There is an ongoing debate amongst moviegoers about how sequels to movies are almost never better than the first film. “Venom let there be carnage” stands up to this theory with the help of an all star cast, witty writing, and an amazing director. 

Serkis said in an interview that he and Hardy looked over the criticisms of the first film to see what they could improve on. In the end, it really paid off.

One of the things you’re going to immediately notice about the film is that it takes a much more goofy approach. Marvel has been making their films more goofy since the success of 2017’s “Thor Ragnarok”  The characters have their moments here and there but the real comedic gold comes from Eddie and Venom. 

Venom and Eddie’s relationship is like that of a bickering couple. Eddie and Venom both know that they can’t live without each other which makes their arguing sad but also very hilarious at the same time.

For the acting Hardy delivers a solid performance as Eddy, however Harrelson’s performance is where the movie really starts to shine. He gives a terrifying performance as Cletus Kasady that’s sadistic yet heartfelt.

It’s also important to mention that Cletus has a relationship with a girl named Francis (aka Shriek played by Naomie Harris) . You can’t help but feel that she was very underutilized in the film. 

One of the things that makes her and Cletus’s relationship so complicated is she has the power to manipulate sound. However, as people that watched the first film know, the symbiotes hate loud noises making the pair seem so beautifully different.

The CGI in this film is perfect. Venom and Carnage look so lifelike which makes them look even more scary. This comes into play later in the climax of the film.

Overall, Venom let there be carnage is a fun family film that I think the whole family can enjoy. Don’t go into this film expecting “The Godfather” or anything like that. The film is a fun movie that may even be better than the original.

The last thing to mention is the film has an AMAZING end-credits sequence. Just make sure you stay through the end credits, you won’t be disappointed.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is now exclusively in theaters. Score: 8/10