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.
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.
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.
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.
The Demos is a God. Democracy is the name of the science that study the best form of Government : Demos-kratos. Power to the People. Now take all kids in jail, abduction style, when they reach 18, That'll teach them. Then they'll be free. Wait.. free
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.
It's a movie I'll catch myself putting on as background noise while I do other stuff. I definitely like it; it's entertaining throughout and the performances from Portman and Weaving are good. Does it excel over other similar films I've seen? Not really.