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“V for Vendetta” – Big Questions and Big Explosions

Posted by March 29th, 2006 No Comments »

He's neither a joker, nor a phantom“V for Vendetta”
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, and Tim Pigott-Smith
Director: James McTeigue
Screenplay: Andy and Larry Wachowski/b>

This movie is based on a comic that few non-comic civilians have ever heard of. Myself included.

I went into this flick with no expectations, and I think that served me well.

This movie has received a full spectrum of reviews and my personal experience was also pretty diverse. Three of us saw the film and all three had a different opinion. One friend didn’t care for it, one thought it was a decent movie, and I really liked it.

“V for Vendetta” is, for those who are willing to look for it, a very complex story wrapped in explosive, action-packed, bloody, ooey-gooey goodness.

Ask yourself, what is a terrorist?

When is a terrorist a revolutionary?

He's neither a joker, nor a phantom“V for Vendetta”
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, and Tim Pigott-Smith
Director: James McTeigue
Screenplay: Andy and Larry Wachowski

This movie is based on a comic that few non-comic civilians have ever heard of. Myself included.

I went into this flick with no expectations, and I think that served me well.

This movie has received a full spectrum of reviews and my personal experience was also pretty diverse. Three of us saw the film and all three had a different opinion. One friend didn’t care for it, one thought it was a decent movie, and I really liked it.

“V for Vendetta” is, for those who are willing to look for it, a very complex story wrapped in explosive, action-packed, bloody, ooey-gooey goodness.

Ask yourself, what is a terrorist?

When is a terrorist a revolutionary?

When is revolution a good thing?

What is a vigilante?

Is “an eye for an eye” justice? Or vengeance?

If innocent people die in the name of a good cause, is that price worth it?

Who decides which cause is “right”?

These are age-old debates, and this film touches on all of them and more. This is an intellectually uncomfortable movie for some. Asking moral questions through comic and film mediums.

But aside from all of that, this film is visually stunning. There are scenes that will give you goose bumps. Explosions, fight scenes and dominos (yes, I said dominos…you’ll see).

Though Portman seemed to struggle a bit with her English accent, the performances in this film were solid all around.

My take? The only thing that really would have made this a better film would have been more time. Another 30 minutes to an hour for character development would have been great. But a three-hour film? That’s a hard sell in Hollywood.

Unless you’re Peter Jackson.


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