***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!
V for Vendetta - 4 out of 5
I haven't watched this movie since it came out on DVD but, on November 5th, I decided to revisit--it seemed appropriate.
A quick, funny story about this movie: I decided to watch this movie on November 5th because, of course, that date is important in the movie but a right-wing, crazed Christian member of the Tea Party (that whole description is a tad redundant, isn't it?) told me to watch the film because the government shown is EXACTLY what Obama wants and is making the United States to be. I replied that the government in the film was a Christian-based totalitarian government where it was against the law to be a homosexual, a member of another faith and that all forms of media that were deemed offensive were destroyed. Not to mention the news network in the movie was based on Fox News--the Tea Party's version of porn. The out of control Big Government the film showcases aside, that government is EXACTLY what the Tea Party wants: a faith-based system of government where homosexuality is not just a sin, but against the law. The man looked at me confused and I just facepalmed it and walked away.
He just didn't get it, I guess.
Despite the changes that were made from the graphic novel, I do enjoy this movie for its themes of government overstepping its boundaries and the idea of a man becoming the icon for revolution (in the graphic novel, V was out for anarchy against a fascist nation, not out for freedom of its people). The Wachowski duo did a great job adapting Alan Moore's graphic novel (of course, Moore wouldn't agree with me there) and Jame McTeigue did a fantastic job at directing. This film also has some great talent backing it up as, one of my favorite actors, Hugo Weaving portrays V. His delivery of every line is like Shakespeare. Other great talent like John Hurt and Stephen Fry help fill up the cast but, in my opinion, there was one actor who didn't fit well with the level of ability that saturates the screen.
People are going to hate me for saying this but...I'm not a fan of Natalie Portman. I realize that in geek society, she is worshiped like a god but I don't see the appeal. Number 1) I don't think she's as attractive as people tell me she is (I've also never forgiven her for saying on Inside the Actor's Studio that only attractive people should be in movies) and Number 2) I think she over-acts. Every scene she is in, to me, it looks like she is hamming it up for the Academy to take notice. It's like she has her acting cranked to a 11 at all times. I'm sorry Portman fans, she is the one thing I didn't like about this movie and, despite the awesome fight sequences, is the one thing that keeps me from making this movie a 5.
So, even though I don't like Portman as Evey and even though the graphic novel was changed in its adaption (hey, I'm a comic fanboy but I am also a realist--I know sometimes changes have to be made when adapting a story) I still enjoy this movie and may consider making it a staple and watch it every November.
Remember, remember the fifth of November.