Great visual presentation of the Alan Moore graphic novel. Natalie Portman make one of the better performances of her career. It is full circle for John Hurt as he play the Leader of this "Big Brother" universe while he was the hero in "1984". Ending was changed from the original graphic novel making it all less effective but that is the only major problem with this superb movie.
For a film that is consumed in post-hoc early 2000's kitsch, I have a guilty pleasure for the anti-thatcherism/anti-bush/neo-liberal undertones. Also, i'm writing a paper on this for a critical film class and my former 14-yr old 4chan scrolling self would be very down for my yet-materialized but hopefully okay analysis of power aestheticization.
This movie is less relevant than ever – if it ever was. But it's well-cast, well-paced, and for lack of any coherent political message, at least its theatricality means you have an exciting movie whose ideology to tear apart. If V has done little more than murder and blow up buildings and fail to offer any actual practicable solutions he's more complicit in the neoliberalism of our times than film's 1984 government.
What's wrong? The dialogue, the acting, the sets, the story, the ending and the action scenes and the characters. It really had the whiff of amateurism hanging over it. Having said that, there is a certain satisfaction in watching an evil villain being trounced by a righteous vigilante. But that's it.