Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review

Currently rated a 4.2 out of 5 stars in theaters

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Jaden Reyna, Staff Writer

Seems pretty decent, right? Nope. I sat down for the movie ready to see some of my favorite Marvel characters on screen, and instead, it was a huge letdown. Not only was the storyline hard to follow, but I got lost throughout the entire movie and struggled to connect to the characters.

The first Venom movie came out in 2018, and I didn’t remember the entire plot of the movie, so I would have loved to see some kind of background to catch me up for this new movie.

Seeing Eddie Brock interact with the symbiote (Venom) was a good place to start the movie, but it all went downhill from there when new characters were introduced.

Carnage had the host body of Cletus Kasady, and Frances Barrison being Shriek.

No story was given on how Cletus and Eddie became enemies, even though it was implied that they were.

I can’t describe the movie as anything but rushed. I felt as if I wasn’t given enough time to get attached to the characters and learn what made them who they are. Because of this, I didn’t have any emotion attached to the action scenes, which is something I look forward to when watching movies.

Being able to watch the movie once and understand it, as well as not having to read the comic book to understand the movie, is a huge deal to me. Neither of those expectations was met with this movie.

To be fair, not all of the movie was awful. Watching Eddie overcome his struggles with Venom and their enemy is always fun to see, I just wouldn’t spend my money on a movie like that again. It’s always funny watching Venom threaten to eat people as well.

Watching the second movie was like night and day compared to the first one. Seeing venom come on screen and watching the bond created between Eddie and the symbiote to overcome a common problem was exactly what a movie such as this needs.

The ratio of storyline to action was perfect, just enough to keep the viewer entertained while allowing time for them to get attached to characters.

At the end of the day, I have to give the movie a solid 2 out of 5 stars. It didn’t captivate me or have me on the edge of my seat waiting for what happens next, but it didn’t totally fail either.