Venom exceeds expectations

Gianna D'Amato, Photo & Graphics Editor

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is a newly-released live action rendition of the popular Marvel Comics most commonly associated with Spider Man. The movie overall was enjoyable and incredibly humorous. 

The movie centers around Eddie Brock, a reporter in San Francisco, who is the host body of Venom, an alien from the planet Klyntar. They live symbiotically with each other, calling themselves the lethal protectors and with the previous Venom movies expectations, this movie most certainly did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this film, and all of its unique qualities.

  Jumping back to the first movie, directed by Andy Serkis and Ruben Fleischer, we meet Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, a journalist, whose career, health and relationship with Anne Weying ,played by Michelle Williams, were starting to go down the drain. As a way to solve both problems, Brock decides to get an inside scoop on an experiment led by Carlton Drake, played by Riz Ahmed, the founder of the Life Foundation. While breaching the Life Foundation building, Brock encounters an alien symbiote, Venom, who merges with Brock.

 As the movie progresses, Venom and Brock get to know one-another and try to maneuver the way of their relationship going forward. Now, focusing on this new movie, directed by Andy Serkis, Brock and Venom are pulled into the case of Cletus Kasady, played by Woody Harrelson, an infamous murderer and sociopath who was locked up for his crimes. Kasady requested an interview with Eddie to tell his story. After the interview, Kasady escapes with his new symbiote, Carnage, and Eddie and Venom have to stop him before he destroys the city. With a plot like that and the awesome CGI, this movie definitely lives up to its hype.

Something that really stood out to me while watching the film was the blatant amount of comedy in the movie. The film was not afraid to be funny, even in the serious moments. Almost the whole time myself, along with the rest of the audience, were laughing at the sarcastic comments, rhetorical questions and the attitude that Venom portrayed throughout. It was really enjoyable, and it had a really nice blend of action and comedy compared to the first movie, which did not show as much comedy, nor did it blend as well with the serious moments. It really showed the audience how much Eddie and Venoms relationship progressed since the last time we saw them. The rest of the movie is packed with action towards the climax, being the big fight between Venom and Carnage in the Grace cathedral in San Francisco.

One thing that caught me off guard was how quickly the film escalated, with the movie being only around an hour and a half long. It felt quite short, and when it finished, I didn’t really get to soak up the plot. The biggest scene that stood out to me was the scene at the end of the movie, after the credits. It left me at the edge of my seat, freaking out about what happened. I am very much invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’m caught up on the whole timeline, so this end-credit scene blew my mind and left me with more questions than answers, and I was so excited that I called my sister, and we went to see it again the next day with her this time.

Now I can definitely say that this movie is definitely worth your money to go see in theaters or in the comfort of your own home when it is available to rent or buy. This film surprised me in so many ways, and I have a high opinion of it. With all of this in mind, I really enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to see what they do with Venom in future productions, like a possible cameo in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” but we will just have to wait and see.