Thursday, June 15, 2006

V For Vendetta

This might be a little late for a movie review as I know this has been out for some time, but I just saw it yesterday and felt it deserved a mention. Being somewhat of a comic book afficianado I have been looking forward to seeing this movie for quite some time. Alan Moore is recognized as one of the greatest comic writers of all time and I've never read anything of his to make me think any different. That being said, I've never actually read V fo Vendetta even though it's been out for almost twenty years. It's not for lack of opportunity, but your head has to be in the right place to undertake one of his stories. Just the same I was very interested to see what kind of rendition the story would get from the Wachowski brothers who are noted comic fans. I had seen reviews for the movie that were mainly positive even though it apparently departed so much from the original work that Alan Moore sued to have his name removed from the credits. Well good news for Mr. Moore I can say with out a shadow of a doubt that his name was removed from the credits. The basis for the movie was credited to the graphic novel and the illustrator, but Alan Moore was left off.
All that being said I would have to add my recommendation to the list of many others. I found the movie to be at times compelling, touching, humorous, frighteningly familiar, and thought provoking. I felt like it touched on many subjects very well and had a good presentation. Hugo Weaving had a great performance despite the fact that he couldn't use one of an actors greatest tools (his facial expressions). I do wonder how much of it resonated with other members of the crowd, and how much of it was missed. Of course I don't know what other audience members expected out of the movie either. I don't know if they expected a movie that oozed with the truest kind of patriotism and idealism. The kind of story that argues against conformity and in a very anarchical way say that we should all fight against the oppression of status quo and doing nothing.
I would recommend this movie very highly and am looking forward to finally reading the graphic novel.


Gyuss Baaltar said...

Based on your reccomendation, I'll netflix it.

I wasn't super-impressed with the graphic novel when I read it last year. That could be because the level of talent in the comic writing field has raised the bar so high in the last 10 years, that the old story doesn't stack up to the modern masters.

cyberman said...

I have pushed this movie down the priority list for other summer hits but I'll make a point to see it now.

Dagromm said...

I understand what you mean Gyuss. I've picked up the issues several time and thought about reading them. I've opened them, looked through them, etc. and just haven't ever pulled the trigger. I will now though.