Monday, April 10, 2006

Vendetta

Saw V for Vendetta over the weekend. Despite my concerns of yet another classic comic being adopted for film, I was pleasently surprised. The story survived the transition to screenplay, and some of the scenes and locations were spot on (particularly liked V's "Bat Cave"). The performances from Portman, Weaving, John Hurt and Stephen Fry were brilliant. Stephen Fry in particular struck a chord as the only person in the film who was really hurting under the oppressive regime.

Looking at the film by itself and ignoring it's source material, I'd say it's pretty good. Certainly tried to cram into many ideas into it (specially Evie and V's backstory) but that I can generally forgive. The world was coherent enough for an action-oriented movie..

Still, if I look at it as an adaptation, it leaves a lot to be desired. The film is not dark enoug at all in it's depictions of a totalitarian state. The token modernisation of adding the Qua'ran to the list of banned items seems just tacky and over simplified. The ending also annoyed me on a number of counts but I won't go into that.. Oh and the tag line (which has got a lot of attention already) "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people" is just stupid. It makes V sound stupid.

In the end, it's a decent movie, but once again, could have been so much more.

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