v for vindicated

we saw 'v for vendetta' yesterday, and were pleased with the film.

without giving much away, we will say that, for a comic-book movie, it had a breadth and depth, a complexity and nuance, that we weren't expecting.

tho a little longish (the third act could be trimmed, and spoiler alert!!! there seemed to be no logical plot reason for the finale fireworks), it was nonetheless a provacative, engaging and visually-sumptuous treat.

considering that the source material is over 20 years old, the plot trappings were eerily relevant to today's political clime.

exquisite performances by natalie baldman, hugo "agent smith" weaving, stephen "crying game" rea and the brilliant john hurt...plus a surprise (to us) appearance by the guy from "a bit of fry and laurie," the one who isn't dr. house.

all in all, any movie that quotes both goethe and benny hill, is tops in our book.

we suggest everyone who hasn't seen it, go this weekend, as the second weekend receipts of a movie sets the tone for the trend (up/down/level). even if you have seen it, and want to see something else, go to a multiplex, buy a ticket for "v for vendetta," and sneak into that movie about amanda byrnes masquerading as a boy at denzel washington's behest to infiltrate a bank robber gang: "she's the inside man."

Tags: Media, movies, revolutions (all tags)



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by skippy 2006-03-23 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: v for vindicated

Almost cried because I was so inspired.

by jess3526 2006-03-23 05:02PM | 0 recs
Re: v for vindicated

The movie, I understand, was adapted to be more topical -- thus, more relevant to our times.  As for the fireworks; they were supposed to be simultaneously part of the final explosion and, too, served function as a metaphor for celebration.

I liked the movie a lot, and thought that Natile Portman did and incredible job.

I wrote about my impressions of the movie here.  And here's a quote of some of what I wrote:

I simply loved this line from Vendetta: People shouldn't be afraid of their government, governments should be afraid of their people. Now, no one, of course, is advocating violence in any form, but symbolically, the dark hero of this movie is right on... for far too long we've been afraid of what we'll be charged with: un-American, un-Patriotic, an opportunist merely seeking to position oneself for a presidential run in 2008 -- think Feingold, and the shit with which his courageous and CORRECT stand has been met with by some that are still afraid (including elected Dems). At any rate, here we have a movie that comes dangerously close, given our times and the paranoia that still lingers in some circles, to advocating a storming of the castle, en masse... err, should I say, a Crashing of the Gates, as it were (and, frankly, it suggests that we, The People, do a lot more than just batting down some gates).

by bedobe 2006-03-23 09:45PM | 0 recs
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well, when i said "fireworks" i didn't mean literally.  i meant, the whole blowing up of parliment wasn't really necessary plot-wise, as v had killed the top two men in the government, and the soldiers down the chain of command let the guy falkes crowd go by without harm, thus indicating that the soldiers were no longer on the side of tyranny.

but it was still visually real cool.  they blowed up real good.

by skippy 2006-03-25 07:43PM | 0 recs


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