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V for Vendetta - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
A classy broad's life... with footnotes.
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta was awesome. The writing, in particular was wicked smart and excellent. How many films are written so well that the lead character can wear a mask throughout the entire production? Not many. There were a few double entendres-- not in the "ooh, he said something naughty" sense, but in the dual-meaning sense-- that were subtle dead-on. Pity I can't remember what they were!

The acting was also a cut above. Hugo Weaving was brilliant, imo. It's not easy to convey all that he had to tell us through a costume, but he pulled it off and made it look easy. Natalie Portman was a little flat and unemotional in some of the early scenes, but that might have been a directorial choice, to contrast the scenes that come later (in which she was amazing, by the way). The supporting actors were astoundingly good-- Sinead Cusack and John Hurt especially. There were a couple of places that delivery was so over-the-top that it detracted from my experience, but I actually expected worse. I think the director and actors walked a fine line, and did a great job of it.

Visually, the film was stunning. It really captured that high-contrast, graphic novel feel, and there was a tremendous amount of attention paid to detail. I don't doubt that there are a great many number of lovely little details I didn't catch... which I look forward to finding the next time. It was vibrant, rich and visually very exciting.

The narrative was heavily character-driven instead of plot driven, and it's here that the Wachowski brothers shine. Kudos to them. Here is the storytelling that the Matrix movies missed. It's not meant as deep political commentary or dark drama, but manages to express a bit of both without losing what it's really designed to be-- wonderful entertainment.

There were a few terribly minor continuity things, but if there weren't, I'd have been disappointed ;)

Deeeeelicious. I'll be seeing it again.

As for the controversy... What controversy? It's a movie. If it makes you uncomfortable, perhaps it rings true for you on some level, and that bears further investigation... and perhaps self-examination. I will say that as much as I hate guns, I support our country's right to bear arms for exactly this reason.

See it. Especially if you appreciate the graphic novel art form, but even if you don't. A wonderful summer adventure spring blockbuster? that works on many different levels.

Edited: to add the strikethrough above (because true_nexus reminded me that it isn't actually summer, d'oh!), and to include the rotten tomatoes critique below, which made me want to see it way more than any of the positive reviews did:
"”V” is a gay Shakespeare-soliloquy spurting blowhard with a creepy, but well-groomed, hairdo. He’s also a dancing knife-wielding karate killer. "
-- Victoria Alexander, FILMSINREVIEW.COM

Seriously. How could I possibly resist that?!

I'm feeling all kinds of: Friday, me lassies and laddies

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michaelboy From: michaelboy Date: March 17th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Ah Carly, that sounded better than a professional film review :) Not bad for a girl still in her single digits, I'd say.

ldy From: ldy Date: March 17th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hee :) Thank you so much! *huggos!*
true_nexus From: true_nexus Date: March 17th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (permalink)
A wonderful summer adventure that works on many different levels.

It's summer in upstate NY?
Man.. you guys got it good..

ldy From: ldy Date: March 17th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I'm in Florida now. It's always summer!

Seriously, I forgot it was, like, March. O_O
phatpharmer From: phatpharmer Date: March 17th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC) (permalink)
dude I'm sold.

Natalie Portman is flat in the earlier scenes? Sports bra?
duinlas From: duinlas Date: March 17th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC) (permalink)
excuse me? Natalie has a chest in WHICH movie?

From: 9mm Date: March 17th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Eeeexcellent. I was soooo worried that this would suck. Im sold now. Going to go check it out tomorrow. ^_______^
psychoticzen From: psychoticzen Date: March 18th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC) (permalink)

I'm not for sure who you are, but I saw that you friended me. And your journal looks interesting. Friended back.
jenont From: jenont Date: March 19th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC) (permalink)
I saw your post yesterday and knew that I was going to see it tonight so I skipped it and went back now - you got it bang on hun!

I loved the movie and can't wait until it comes out so that we can go over it again.. i just know that i missed some bits in the beginning!!


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