Venom: Let There be Carnage unleashed havoc on the box office opening weekend

By Philip Calabrese, Reporter



The viciously awesome Venom: Let There be Carnage has been slaying the box office in theaters all around the world since October 1.

After the release was delayed two times, the new Venom movie finally opened last weekend. This entry in the franchise aimed to make 80 million its first weekend, and surpassed that goal quickly. The movie took in 90.1 million dollars opening weekend and will be earning even more worldwide for the weeks to come. Venom: Let There be Carnage is an odd couple: action and suspense thriller aimed to make viewers laugh and have them on the edge of their seats. This movie runs for a short hour and a half and includes one end credit scene that will have viewers going crazy.

Venom: Let There be Carnage is a love it or hate it movie. It is a hilarious film that shows the dynamic between Eddie Brock and Venom. But, while charming and fun, the film is lackluster in aspects of the story. 

The relationship between Eddie and Venom is the core of the story. Their banter and mockery with one another is very entertaining. The audience sees how their relationship works, and why they want certain things. Venom is an alien symbiote who wants to eat people’s (specifically villains’) heads off, and Eddie a regular human who thinks that killing is wrong. The ups and downs of their relationship are evident and it gives the characters realistic feelings, while still making the audience laugh. Their dynamic totally worked and made the movie enjoyable. 

The big issue has to do with the movie’s storyline. Venom: Let There be Carnage has a 90-minute runtime. Yes, a Marvel blockbuster was only 90-minutes long. Due to its short runtime, some of the story seems choppy, or as if multiple scenes were removed from the movie. The flow of the movie is so fast, it takes a second to process some aspects of the plot, but then one realizes some plotlines seem unfinished or incomplete. The film has these very interesting villains, such as Carnage and Shriek, and yet it seems like viewers don’t understand them enough to make them good villains. Especially Shriek: she is just the antagonist’s girlfriend and that is literally all there is to the character. The fact that she has powers that make the protagonist and antagonist weaker should have provided the story with an extra layer (and extra problem) to push through, but Shriek’s character is just pushed off to the side. Carnage, the big baddie of the movie, is performed wonderfully through Woody Harrelson’s excellent interpretation of the character.  However, some of his motivations, such as why he wants Eddie to report on him, are never explained.

Venom: Let There be Carnage is the perfect movie to just sit and enjoy. It has everything a getaway movie needs, action, comedy and bromance. The sequel to Venom is definitely an improvement. Director Andy Serkis listened to what everyone liked about the first film and kicked it up to ten. This is a great movie to get away from life and have a laugh. It will not be for everyone, but the passion, excitement, and overall fun of the movie make it a one to remember. Also, the end credit scene is a memorable one. All Marvel fans should see Venom: Let There be Carnage just because of the credit scene. The film is shocking. and will have audiences excited for the future of Venom.

Venom: Let There be Carnage is highly recommended to all  Marvel fans, blockbuster fans, comedy fans, or anyone who is looking for a little bit of an escape, but again, may not be for everyone.

Although, the new Venom is nothing to lose one’s head over, some audience members will definitely be giving this one another watch.