Reducing the carnage of film with a new Venom

Emelia Crump, Staff Writer

Be advised: this review contains references to both Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Rated PG-13)

When hearing that deep, rumbling voice coming out of Eddie Brock, most Marvel fans picture Venom: a symbiote who has immature social skills and an undying love for chocolate. His black gleaming appearance, un-pupilated eyes and piercing teeth give off an unwelcoming vibe, but despite his looks, Venom is actually a teddy bear- when he’s not out to kill anyone.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage picks up where the first movie, Venom- in which a Journalist known as Eddie Brock gets infected with an unearthly symbiote- all while trying to stop Carlton Drake’s deadly experiment of fusing together otherworldly parasites and organisms from Earth with the goal to find a correlative host. When Eddie is merged with Venom, he acquires supernatural powers which otherwise wouldn’t be possible to attain (hence, Eddie Brock is a matching host for Venom). Over the course of the first movie, Eddie and Venom adapt to each other’s acquaintance and become friendly companions.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage starts off with Venom heedlessly making a questionable-looking breakfast for Eddie, but then slowly transitions from their casual daily life from the moment Eddie receives a letter from Cletus Kasady, a deranged serial killer who, when he was a child, put a hairdryer in his mother’s shower to electrocute her (young readers, standby and don’t try this at home).

Right after this scene is where the film’s plot takes an upward plunge: Eddie and Venom get into a disagreement and Carnage- a much more dangerous symbiote whose only intention is to kill and eat any individual in his path, seeps into Cletus’s body. This means Cletus is an even larger threat to Venom and Eddie.

Photo courtesy of IMDB.

Venom and Eddie are not able to utilize their powers, which puts them both in greater danger considering Carnage is loose. The suspense in this part is limited and rushed, which isn’t a great way to set the mood for such an action-themed movie- the movie’s producers should have had Venom and Eddie reunite at the last second to add tension.

Since the plot of the movie doesn’t get going until later on, the movie feels a bit rushed at times, especially since the movie’s runtime is only an hour and 37 minutes. This doesn’t mean the movie isn’t enjoyable- the witty and immature humor shared by Venom’s childish personality and the sibling-like banters between Eddie and Venom make up for how short the film is. Since Venom is seen more in the second movie, there are more opportunities to experience his unique and childish character traits.

That the screenplay includes a balanced mix of daily life situations and action packed dialogue completes the signature Marvel film style. The film’s soundtrack itself is nothing compared to Guardians of the Galaxy- although the song Last One Standing by Skylar Grey, Polo G, Mozzy and Eminem pairs well with the tone of the screenplay.

As the movie comes to a close, the end scene with Carnage and Venom is very similar to the scene with Venom and Carlton Drake. It’s only a bit more suspenseful, but expected, which is something the producers could have worked on. The producers did well on the amplified effects- the sound was more clear and the fact that most of the end scene wasn’t hidden in the dark like in the first movie, Venom, was a great feature.

Photo courtesy of IMDB.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage, now in theatres, allows Marvel fans to appreciate another viewpoint on a classic Marvel villain- the viewpoint of Venom is usually limited through Spiderman’s perspective. Don’t forget Venom and Eddie are an iconic duo who fans can’t get enough of. We get to watch them handle sticky life situations while (literally) battling the ups and downs of having supernatural powers. What more could a Marvel movie have to offer?