Honest Review - V for Vendetta

(62 votes, average 4.60 out of 5)
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  • gcliff
    FIRST! FIRST! FIRST! Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. But seriously, while this did deviate from the graphic novel in a lot of ways I feel this was a much much better adaptation than Watchmen which was essentially a point by point regurgitation of a very dense and complex graphic novel that was probably not suited for a feature length film. Yes I know it was 3 hours but I saw it opening night and people in the theatre were literally falling asleep. V for Vendetta on the other hand was a tightly paced sci-fi thriller that retained most of the core themes of its source material. Sure, Alan Moore probably hated it but his illustrator, David Lloyd said in an interview that his only stipulation on any filmed version of V for Vendetta is that it was good. That it was. A very respectable choice for a favourite comic book movie.
  • IanFisch
    Your reviewing skills have gotten a lot better.

    I'm impressed.
  • AComedian
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    I love this movie so much. My birthday is on November 5th and I've made it a tradition to only view V For Vendetta on November 4th around 10:30pm so when the movie finishes, it's my birthday.

    Great review
  • Archedgar
    That was entertaining.

    Good job.
  • Azmar
    My personal favorite comic book movie adaptation has to be Tintin and The Secret of the Unicorn.
    Your Honest Reviews are glorious. You do a real good job.
    I kinda miss the good ol' busting though... any BB Returns soon ?
  • Wicked J  - Vindicated
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    I was wondering when someone was gonna review this movie, and I have to say I'm both happy and sad. I'm happy that you gave it high marks and reminded me of how I felt when I first heard of it. Before I saw this movie, the only comic I ever read was a Green Lantern comic back in 3rd grade. After this movie, I dove into comics Rosie O'Donnell into a pool full of KFC gravy.

    Though it makes me sad when I realized after reading the book and loving it so much that I actually brushed the movie aside. I can understand that there was a lot of great things from the book that were taken out to make it more appealing to casual movie goers and that kind of irritated me...
    Not to mention I kind of made a lot of anti-Bush assumptions in the movie and assumed the Wachowski brothers were adding their own agenda into the movie ( Just to make it clear, I never was a Bush fan, nor will I ever be ). But when I watched your review, you made me remember how bad-ass this movie was, and it breaks my heart to think I had to sell my Blu-Ray copy for grocery money.

    Anyhoo, great review dude.
  • Linklex7  - Great review
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    Another reviewed hit right out of the park. Great job, Erod. I always loved this movie too as well as the comic. People have to learn that being 100% faithful to the source material isn't always the best choice (sometimes it can be). Look at the Blade movie franchise. Blade 1 was nothing at all like the original comics. Actually it could be argued that Blade Trinity was the movie that felt closer to the source material, (with its inclusion of Hannibal King, the Nightstakers, Blade's slightly more colorful costume, and Dracula) than first 2 movies were and look how that turned out.
  • Flaggermus
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    Good review, very interesting to hear your take on the movie.
    (I love this movie: it is my feel-good-movie. It always puts me in a good mood)
  • Korahn
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    The way I see movie adaptations of previous works is in the same way Douglas Adams created every iteration of Hitchhiker's Guide (Radio, then miniseries, then books, then movie for example, are all different in a lot of ways but same basic storyline).

    A straight 1:1 adaptation might be too much "been there, done that" if you've experienced previous works, but when a movie changes some elements yet retains many of the others, you get something familiar AND new.

    Not to say that always works out, but sometimes you get greatness.
  • PontyMython
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    This might just be me, but I never felt V was portrayed as entirely on the side of light. evie, our audience stand-in, is quite obviously repulsed by a lot of what he does. the comparisons to the count of monte cristo help a bit since the whole point of that story is that revenge is all consuming, and not a thing to be admired or romanticised, which is why V knows he has to die for the regime to truly be over. his ruthless methods are just as much a problem as theirs
  • MetalMike007
    I saw this when I was 15, loved it; saw it again when I was 20, could barely get through it. I'm a huge comic fan, but my dislike for this film is not mainly because it's not very close to the book; in fact, I think that to be honest, "V for Vendetta" may have been a solid Alan Moore story like "From Hell," but it wasn't particularly amazing.

    No, my problems with the movie are more because the story as portrayed in the film is so ludicrously black and white - every single person working on the side of the government is sleazy, corrupt, racist, homophobic, and downright idiotic, while V is honestly held up on a pedestal (which, by the way, is one change that I think is a huge deal - the book recognized that V was not just a "freedom fighter," he's a terrorist whose actions kill innocent people, because he thinks that's worth it).

    But on a more fundamental level, I cannot stand the message and main argument of the film - somehow, not only is "Big Brother" able to be taken down by a bunch of people standing around in masks (which, again, is never in the book, because Moore never had such adolescent populist utopian views about people), rather than action through elections and the democratic process, or by actual revolution, but also that vigilantism is apparently laudable in a modern society. It's a really juvenile revenge-porn view of the world that could have only been produced during the Bush era, and yet seems so alien from our world and our times only EIGHT years later.

    And that brings me to another point - the original story was meant to be an indictment of Thatcher-era Britain, but the Wachowskis twisted it into what they wanted it to be - a one-dimensional "Up Yours!" to the Bush administration. You would NEVER find a theocratic ruler in the UK today like that seen in the film, and even in 2005 British society had a far higher regard for LGBTQ people than the people seem to have. The only real connection to the UK is possibly the anti-Islamism portrayed, since the UK does have a huge problem with radical Muslim immigrants, and subsequently anti-Islamism is a big problem. In any case, I've talked to several friends of mine from the UK about this film and all of them seem to agree that this film seems nothing like the real UK, but the US, which was what the Wachowskis wanted it to be all along.

    And don't even get me started on the Evey "torture is okay" subplot.
  • thorondragon
    yeah, he never killed innoccent people in the movie. just becuase three officers were murderous bastards, that means all those cops he sliced to ribbons were evil too...... oh,and when he had convicned all of those people to walk into the parliament, he was not gambling with their lives at all........ your points are invalid.

    from where i stand, this alternate version of v just had a different mindset compared to the comic. the v of the comic was a total anarchist, full of vengeance, not caring if innoccent person or otherwise died. however here, the v of this story, i think is just the smarter v.

    there is no such thing as anarchy. it does not exist. for everything in this world has a system and or governing body. a wolf pack is in fact a form of society, if beyond primitive. even if you just have a tribe they will make a set of rules to make sure that they do not kill themselves, and thus positions to enforce and or protect said rules will be formed. larger the body to be governed, the larger the power and reach of the governors.
    someone must always be in charge for as a social species, we know by instinct that we will act if we know there is no repercussions for our actiosn. justl ook at what some teenagers will do. and look what happens when passion drives us. how many humans have been murdered by their own kind because of the passion of a hating crowd? and ther was no one there to guide them? or worse, guide them down the wrong road.
  • Shlecky
    "every single person working on the side of the government is sleazy, corrupt, racist, homophobic, and downright idiotic, "

    ...You realise that this includes Inspector Finch and Delia Surrige? If the BTN counts then all those people V held hostage and put at risk were also government employees, not to mention Dietrich. And what about the military officer who lets the V supporters pass rather than fire on civilians?
  • Shlecky
    V for Vendetta is right up there with Batman Returns as one of my favourite films. For the record, I believe in a concept called Death of the Author - that is, an author's interpretation of his works are no more valid than anyone else's. If you came away thinking that V was obsessed with revenge and using freedom as a cover, so be it. If you think he's a genuine freedom fighter, so be that, too.
  • Jegsimmons
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    im not a huge fan of this movie, i thought it had some eye rolling moments that needed to be avoided. how ever, i would agree it was a good watch.
  • grkpektis
    The only problem i had witht he movie is that they took out my favorite scene, the doll burning.
  • The Imagination of Alice
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    I imagine they changed it from 'Susan' to 'Sutner' because it sounds more imposing. Given how this film likes to play with black and white with little gray, I think that explination makes sense.

    This is a wonderful review, by the way. I also really enjoy this movie, but I have a hard time pointing out what I do or don't enjoy about something, at least, within the medium of film. I reviewed books for several years, and can do it in print mediums, but that's not the point.

    Great review, thank you.
  • Cassave
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    This movie is like Sylvesters Stallone's "Judge Dredd". They got the whole damned thing wrong.

    This comic is about fascism in the future U.K. and was influenced by the Thatcher years. They turned it into an anti-Bush movie. It doesn't work.

    Is it going to take another 17 years before somebody can do it right, just like "Dredd"?
  • TheBechtloff
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    I loved this movie, but then being a libertarian I have a soft spot for most movies with an anti government message.
  • sunnyl
    Ok, I want to see this now.
  • Fiang
    I'm glad we share the same opinions of this movie. It's one of my favorites because it's quite different even as far as movies go. It's smart and that's why I like it. It's not just a popcorn film. It's one that forces you to think about politics. Normally, politics in general are hard to digest, but this movie makes it easy for you. It addresses the more important things and reminds its viewers to just keep aware of what its government is doing and not to just take it all in stride, which is what Evey was doing in the beginning.
  • cosmosblue772
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    I believe I read the graphic novel before watching the film, just to prepare myself did the same with Watchmen. And honestly I have some issues with it, like how V had fallen in love with Evie in the movie. This does humanize him, but at the same time it felt forced and really they should have made the relationship platonic in some regard. But I will admit it was a beautiful film with really good performances, and if you want to contest with people who believe Nathalie Portman can't act, put on this movie (or Black Swan if this isn't available) and you'll be able to prove them wrong. I'm looking at you Mr. Plinkett. :)
  • BeatsOfGevaudan
    Cast is the past tense of cast, not casted.
  • Dacquois
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    Oh man... some of those clips made me remember how I felt when I saw / read it the first time and I cried a little...

    Also, you picked the only correct choice for music over the end credits. xD

    All around this was a review very well put together.
    Oh, and I gotta dig up my copy of the comic. Thanks for reminding me.
  • TheMadJayWoman
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    I have vivid memories of seeing this in the theatre - and being woefully let down.

    I appreciate the need to make certain changes in adapting written material to the screen, and there have been many good films made that took basic elements from a book and then created an equal but separate work. This was not one of them.

    You can't make major changes to characters motivations and development and still maintain the same power as the source material, which is a major problem with Evey here. The Washowski's need to modernize her and make her the rebellious offspring of members of an underground movement severely undercuts her transformation into V's disciple.

    For all the talent involved (thank you for know who John Hurt is), this movie was a mess. Stephen Fry's Jay Leno/Benny Hill chat show mash up is just awful to sit through. And most egregious - THE ENDING IS A 'THREE AMIGOS' RIP OFF!
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    I`ve seen all your videos and you blocked me on youtube
  • hownice
    What do you expect from Hugo Weaving? Who is more charismatic as Red Skull when he is using Hugo Weaving's face than his Red Skull form in Captain America movie (the good one).
  • darkdigidestined
    i love this movie it is fucking awesome!!! now i need to find my copy so i can watch it
  • Forlourned  - In regards to your Batman 3 movie ranting..
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    Nerdgasmic whine from start to finish that I can't seem to find the link to. It was just in the video queue.
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    I know most don't watch the extras in their DvDs, but it's important to know what went wrong and why. More so in regards to the first movie because the main actor (forgot his name and not important here) crowed much over how he learned how to fight for that movie.. before he put on that costume to discover he couldn't do SHIT in it! If you'd payed attention to the second flick, you'll note he's wearing the original suit and waddled and shuffled thru much the the first appearance. Burtons' batman onward suffered this to the last horrid movie too. They tried to make him more flexible in the second act of the second movie, but the suit still fought back. It's sad that research was never made and the waddling batman was what we got for it.
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    Another problem with the first movie is the director himself - HE. IS. NOT. AN. ACTION. DIRECTOR. - ('Inception' is another good example of that) and his movies are proof for it. I suspect the superdude flick will have dozens of minutes of "self reflections" despite Snyder(sp) being the director b/c of him being a "producer".
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    Catwomen was pretty clear about why she wanted that eraser program since she made at least TWO mentions in TWO scenes about it and WHY.. Did your NerdRage blank out them?
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    When I watched the flick in the theater, the Connery voice was Very noticeable at the beginning, BUT it stopped when next I heard from him. I played the movie on the Blu-ray and noticed they ADR'd out it so it's permanently gone now.. unless you have a illegal cam copy of it.. are you still watching it that way?
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    As a Complete story, Nolan did an admirable job of making a comicbook story into a Mature story w/ a Beginning ~ Middle ~ End arc that to this day no other director has managed to do... So... Grow up just a bit more please.
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    In fact; I suggest you read the Batman novel : 'The Forensic Files of Batman' and experience a mature take of the bat it's quite a novel read~
  • PsychoticFinn
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    My own opinion on the movie adaptation on V for Vendetta is pretty much the same BB. It's in fact one of my top five favorite movies, while I do want to take people's words on it and go through the comic book too (I've only become interested in comic books recently).

    Could it be V's alliteration inspired all of your ending lines in your reviews? ;)
  • nugo
    There are three things i need to get out of the way before i put my views across. First, i have never read the comic (although after seeing this review i will try to.) so i can't comment on the adaptation aspect. Second, i am British and i do think that this film is to american in how it is executed and the views i express ar those of a Brit but may not be those of my fellow countrymen . Third, Erod i love your reviews even when our opinions differ an i respect your views on this film. I really really didn't like this film, don't get me wrong the acting for the most part was top notch and i am a huge fan of most of these actors especially Steven Fry but the main problem i have with this film is the way it so blatantly glorifies Guy Fawkes, a man who was an atrocious person and a terrorist who should i no way be glorified (also he was not the ring leader in the gunpowder plot Robert Catesby was and Folks was one of the more minor conspirators) and he should not be considered a hero, although from what i learned in this review the comic doesn't portray him in this way, it would be like glorifying the underpants bomber. Another thing that is that i don't think that american fully understand the real story behind the gunpowder plot and i don't mean that as an insult in anyway shape or form but i think there is an ignorance to the cultural aspect that these events, in Britain on the 5th of November we celebrate the failure of the plot and we burn effigies of Guy Fawkes because of his treason and as a Brit i find it kind of insulting that the he is made into a hero, it would be like making Benedict Arnold. the second gripe i have with this film is Natalie Portmans attempt at a British accent, again don't get me wrong i think she is a great actress and her preferment in V was ok i just can't get over the accent and the inconstant of it, one minuet its Cockney the next it sounds like shes just come from the west end and it bugs the hell out of me. The thing is i do watch this film if it is on and there is nothing else i want to watch and it is a good action film with some powerful moments and a great cast preforming well (for the most part) but contrary to what Erod said i HAVE to turn my brain off to enjoy it. i fully respect the views of everyone else who has commented and those of Erod and i ask that you please respect mine, Thank you and sorry for the length of this rant i just needed to get my views across
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