The iconography of this film's Guy Fawkes mask has become the ideological emblem of Occupy movement yet V is not quite the pacifist protester we have come to know the 99% by. The film itself is a playful Blockbuster, but the message resounds: egalitarianism is the main hope for a utopia, and pressure on the rich and powerful for institutional and systemic change is crucial for a genuine democracy. Cool.
Such great casting choice to have John Hurt has the tirant, with his face in huge screens, shouting the order of the regime. After his role as Winston Smith, in 1984, to have him as the Big Brother is frightening, absolutely twisted. The scene that produced the image of the film profile is a great moment in cinema - and makes a great debate about individualism and colective action. Won't spoil it by saying too much.
Certain sequences are filled to the brim with beautiful, lush, vibrant images of blood splattering across pallid, grey, bleak settings. Other sequences are a little tiresome and filled equally with tepid anarchistic manifestos and 1984-on-a-budget type dictatorial machinations. All in all, "V For Vendetta" is enjoyable. But, to see it as a genuine political philosophy to follow? Laughable.
This movie was definitely easier to follow than I had anticipated.
Natalie does another amazing performance in this film. The tyrannical britain with extremely corrupt and back handed leaders is a great story. Very enjoyable movie. My favorite part was the dominos. Also about instilling eat in a nation and how media affects society and their fear.
A decent adaption of a brilliant graphic novel. Portman really anchors the movie emotionally while Weaving plays V both for menace and giggles. The pacing is really good but it's a shame that the look of the movie is so sleek and stylized. They should have had a grittier look and toned down the action set pieces. However, some parts of the movie are really beautiful and heartbreaking which makes it worth watching.
I don't know the comic so I can't comment on the adaptation. I saw this film without any foreknowledge about its content, so I was pleasantly surprised. Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea and Stephen Fry made the film for me. Portman's performance was a little disappointing, although she does have good chemistry with Weaving as V.
Great adaptation of the Vertigo comic that in this age seems more apt than ever. Performances are aces especially Portman, Rea, Hurt and an underused Graves. Weak as political jargon but quite strong in story and creating a visceral impact. Cinematography and editing are both superb.