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Venom: Let There Be Carnage review

Venom: Let There Be Carnage review

The new Venom sequel isn’t a great movie, but it’s certainly entertaining.

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I was not a fan of Venom (2018). I think it was a pretty lame story with an abundance of cringe-worthy scenes that made it hard to watch. With that in mind, I had no expectations going into its sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage. While I still don’t think it was a particularly great movie, I certainly liked it more than the original. Let me tell you why.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage takes place after the events of the first movie, with Eddie Brock and Venom now being the best of buds, often bickering and taking jabs at each other like an old married couple. After serial killer Cletus Kasady gets a symbiote of his own, he becomes Carnage, one of the most ruthless characters in the Marvel universe. Venom and Eddie will have to work together to take the pair down.

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I’ll start with what DOESN’T work about Venom 2. Once again, the story is all over the place. There are storylines that make little to no logical sense, and plot threads that amount to nothing. There’s also several characters that are simply weak. This movie introduces Shriek, and she feels like nothing more than a plot device to further Cletus Kasady’s story whenever necessary. It’s a shame, because that character is actually kind of cool. Even Cletus himself is a bit hit or miss for me. He’s got some good lines, but the character never feels like a merciless killer, just a deranged goofball.

Here’s what DOES work about Venom 2. Venom and Eddie once again have a great relationship. The banter between those two is good enough to carry scenes on its own, and it often does. These movies are likely unwatchable without the Venom and Eddie dynamic. Also, this movie leans heavily into all of the zaniness and corniness that made the first movie so divisive. It feels incredibly self-aware, and you know what? I respected it. There’s a scene in which Venom goes to a rave, puts on a bunch of glowsticks, and talks to an unsuspecting crowd about him becoming his own person and being out of the closet. Wonderful. 

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The one aspect of this movie that will REALLY have people talking is the post-credit scene. It’s massive. So massive that I’m not even going to talk about it here, even with a spoiler warning. However, Greg and I will likely touch on it later today during Pop! Goes the Culture on Twitch.tv/Shacknews at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET. See you there ;)

Pros

Eddie and Venom have a great dynamic

Some decent humor here and there

Dat post-credit scene!

Cons

Nonsensical story lines

Flat characters

From The Chatty
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    October 7, 2021 10:18 AM

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      October 7, 2021 10:28 AM

      I took my sons to it and while it was brainless fun good lord it was poorly written. Scenes just slapped together with barely any editing or cohesion. Everything about Shriek needed to be cut. She serves no purpose to the movie.

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        October 7, 2021 10:37 AM

        Everyone has been giving both these movies a pass for some reason. Maybe Venom is like Keanu and giving money to kids hospitals idk. The first movie was objectively terrible and the second appears the same.

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          October 7, 2021 11:08 AM

          yea i dont get it either... I am hoping we get a good Venom story with insomniac's Spiderman 2

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          October 7, 2021 11:59 AM

          Had a lot of fun and a large popcorn in the first one, eager to see this one

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          October 7, 2021 12:13 PM

          Cult like love for Tom Hardy? I don't get it. He sucks. lol

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            October 7, 2021 12:14 PM

            except he does like dogs. which make him better I guess..

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          October 7, 2021 12:51 PM

          Much like deadpool I think people want some comic book movies that aren’t trapped in THE MCU asshole

          But both deadpool and venom are now Disney so they will be in the MCU so

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            October 7, 2021 1:01 PM

            Didn't know Disney got Deadpool, who has Wolverine???

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              October 7, 2021 1:03 PM

              They have basically all the Marvel characters now, with some little gotchas around Spider-Man and The Hulk that they've mostly worked out.

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              October 7, 2021 1:03 PM

              Disney got Deadpool, Wolverine, and all the other X-Men and X-Men-adjacent characters when they bought Fox.

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            October 7, 2021 1:04 PM

            I think Venom is still will Sony and hasn't been semi-combined into the MCU the way Spider-Man has.

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            October 7, 2021 3:40 PM

            I don't know, I think people would love to see both in MCU and see what kind of hijinx they'd get up to

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              October 7, 2021 3:41 PM

              Also I haven't seen the second venom but the first one was pretty low quality compared to movies that marvel is more involved in

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          October 7, 2021 5:50 PM

          Eh, I genuinely enjoyed the first one. I wouldn't say it was a good movie, but it was fun and kind of saved by Tom Hardy just going all in on the ridiculousness of it all. If he didn't commit like that it would have been bad.

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        October 7, 2021 3:39 PM

        So like the first one, right?

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