Anders Bergstrom's blog on Words, Films, and Music

Sunday, March 19, 2006

So I saw V for Vendetta this weekend. As a fan of Alan Moore and David Lloyd's comic book, I was quite excited for this. Also, I wanted to see if the Wachoski Brothers could atone for the lackluster Matrix sequels with the screenplay and producing credits on this film (poor James McTiegue might be the most ignored director of a major feature film since Tobe Hooper and Poltergeist).

It satisfied me. The story of one man fighting back against an oppressive and injust regime will always be popular. There were a number of tweakings to the plot, streamlining the serial nature of the original story and modifying things to fit better in today's climate of fear--for one they moved the film into the future 2020, as the book's "future" of 1997 might have seemed a little dated to those of us presently living in the 21st century.

Natalie Portman does a great job as Evey, even if her British accent isn't perfect. She is the human heart of the story, and it is through her that we really experience V's fight against the regime. Stephen Rea is good as inspector Finch, bringing some humanity to the enemies of V as well, and showing how a good person can get stuck in an oppressive beaurocracy.

Really I think the film is definitely worth seeing, if only to raise questions about the role of government, the definition of "terrorism," and whether the ends justify the means. I always enjoy the films that satisfy the "popcorn" desire to see some great entertainment (V's knife battle toward the end is one of the best action scenes in ages) and still have room left over for some interesting ideas as well. You can thank Alan Moore on this one, even if he doesn't think much of the films of his books thus far (and after suffering LXG and Constantine do you blame him?).


rochelle laura knox said...

i liked it too. though i haven't read the comic. one problem i had was with evey's split-self. the shearing scene is clearly meant to mark a shift, a chance for transformation. and she does change. but, i think too much. natalie portman is a fantastic actor. one of my favorites. and she owns closer. but she seemed to first imagine herself as "evey with hair" and then as "evey without hair". there is not enough connection between the two evey's. oh, and funny that the film based the dictator more on "big brother" than on the original inspiration, margaret thatcher.

Alex said...

I went to see V on opening night because I have been wating for a while to see it. I found it to be quite good and probably the only good film in theaters as of now.