Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review

By Robert Ernest (@thatRobster |

This review is spoiler-free.

I think it’s fair to say that 2018’s Venom was received with a mixed bag of reactions which puts its sequel under pressure to deliver.

Andy Serkis takes the realm as Director and it felt really clear that he just had fun with this movie. Let There Be Carnage has a runtime of 97 minutes means that we’re thrown into a story that builds quickly. We are reunited with Eddie and his symbiote buddy adjusting to a life where they need to coexist together. There is no doubt that Tom Hardy is absolutely fantastic in this role. He brings so much charisma, fun, and heart to Eddie Brock which is one of the movie’s biggest appeals. He gives us a character we invest in.

Following on from Venom’s mid-credits scene, the first act establishes a connection between Eddie and deranged Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) which was necessary for the story. Harrelson does such a great job with Cletus, giving us a batshit crazy serial killer who quite literally chomps at the opportunity of freedom. Most importantly, as he becomes Carnage he gives us a memorable villain that poses a serious threat. EVERYTHING about Carnage was sensational and his first appearance added a huge amount of excitement to the movie. Naomie Harris plays Cletus’ imprisoned and equally unhinged girlfriend, Frances Barrison (Shriek), giving us a performance, unlike anything we’ve seen from her. As the two love birds are reunited I loved the twisted reality that Frances was potentially the one thing that could stop Carnage in his tracks and that made for quite an interesting turn towards the end.

Tom Hardy is one of those actors you love to see pop up on screen and the same is definitely true for Stephen Graham who plays Detective Mulligan. He’s integral to the story and while Stephen doesn’t really have much chance to completely flesh the character out, he is still a joy to watch. Returning for the sequel are Michelle Williams as Eddie’s love interest, Anne and Reid Scott as her partner Dr. Dan. It was a shame that they didn’t have much screen time but the parts they played were fun and I can’t write this review without mentioning how much I enjoy Peggy Lu as Mrs Chen.

Let There Be Carnage is a great popcorn flick. Is it perfect? No – but its quality is definitely an improvement from its predecessor. The first act throws in so many jokes and one-liners that unfortunately the really funny ones pack less of a punch. Sometimes less is more and as the tone in the movie shifts, the humour lessens which I appreciated. The interactions between Eddie and Venom were really fun and none more so than the domestic they have which is a whole other type of carnage. Oh, and Venom finding ‘his people’ at a party was a great scene. The final act was hugely enjoyable and it’s setting gave it some nice ambience. I revelled in Reece Shearsmith’s appearance during it too.

Once again, if you take this movie for what it is I can’t see why you wouldn’t have fun with it. It’s not going to change the world, it’s not going to make you feel inspired or overcome with emotion but it delivers what it intends to do. The mid-credits scene deserves a star in its overall rating alone. VERY exciting and it definitely raises our expectations for Venom’s next outing.

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