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April 27th, 2006
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Another vote for Vendetta!
Just got back, and I thought it was great. I was pretty leery after reading the critics, but after so many people on my f-list saw it and didn't just like it, but loved it, I went! I agree - great roles for Stephen Rea (I have a secret crush on Mr. Droopy - *G*) and Stephen Fry (YAY!), and I thought the way they did it was great. Now, the rest may be spoilers, so I'll lj-cut:

Let's see... whoever said that the policeman really made the story is right. I think Stephen Rea did a great job of humanizing the story, and adding that extra edge of mystery and suspense to it. The dual stories of Evey and the policeman really helped balance it out. Nice touches of course - the parallels between her mother's "arrest" and that of the character played by Stephen Fry; the way that TV links the various representative British people/families; the chill that went through me every time I heard of an American Civil War; the panel of 5 ministers in a dark room with their faces lit and the huge face of Suttledge (sp?). Natalie was actually very good... although, damn, she's skinny! *L*! Loved the parallel with Edmund Dantes, and, of course, Guy Fawkes. Overall, it just really flowed well, moving back and forth between Evie, the policeman, V, the ministers, and the "public". An, the the person who commented about the policeman and the scene at Larkhall, and his telling of it? That *was* very moving. And the mask worked better than I thought it would (I thought it would grow to be annoying), and the crowd scenes with the mask were pretty damn amazing.

But there are some things I wasn't crazy about. I do wonder how many innocent people got hurt from the blowing up of the buildings - doesn't that matter? And would Parliament really have blown up that way? Sorry, I think it would have collapsed if it were blown up from underneath - yep! I *did* think that V would end up being Evie's father, especially when we find out that he has forgotten his past; I wish I could remember how and where they said. I'm not crazy about the bit of hand-waving about how V got his "super powers", or even that he needed to have any; that one felt a little *too* comic book-like. Of course, it's based on a comic book - excuse me, graphic novel! - but it would have felt more realistic without it. That doctor - I had more pity for her until I realized that, even if she didn't know what would be done with the virus, what she did was inhuman. And, of course, the most controversial thing is: was he right in doing what he did to "shape" Evie? What kind of person would it take to be able to do that? Whew. I did see part of it coming, because I noticed the gloves in the scene where she was told she'd be shot... *but* I thought the silhouette of the head, and the hair, changed when her cell door was open. I thought it was V then, and that he was coming to rescue her! Hmmmm... I still wonder if that really was the first time that character was played by Hugo.

Now, who was Delia Surridge? Because apparently she was played by Sinead O'Connor! Darn... for a second I thought, when I saw her name, that maybe she played Valerie. *goes to imdb.com* Still not sure. Was she Valerie's girlfriend? She couldn't have been the Doctor, unless they used a LOT of makeup!

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From:honeyfitz
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
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Ah, it was brilliant. The movie comes with a lot of baggage for me as my ex was hugely into the graphic novel and used to refer to it a lot, so initially I didn't want to see it on principle :D

But I swallowed my pride, bought my ticket and loved it. Beee-autiful film.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 28th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Ah... I can understand. Glad you did; it was a first class job, in casting, script, special effects, design, and all! You must have been one of the folks recommending it - thank you!
From:honeyfitz
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I was indeed! here is my review.
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From:berian
Date:April 28th, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
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I don't think it mattered to V that much, whether innocent people died in the explosions or not. I'm sure he would've wanted to avoid it, but to me, he seemed more focused on his goal - personal vendetta, which he justified with the revolution. I think he also realized this, hence getting killed in the end. He had based his life on the vendetta, and when that stopped mattering, he would have no meaning.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 28th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Very true... like Edmund Dantes, revenge was his sole purpose in life; but his real effect was to bring about a revolution, which was much more important.

Have you read the "book"? I think a lot of the odd things were probably explained there. Like that whole scene with Rookwood, which ended up leading to a dead end for the policeman. I felt it slowed the movie down and served no purpose (except to show that V could don other disguises).

*G* I'm going to have to find that whole "words beginning with V" speech somewhere... I didn't know there were that many! *L*!
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From:berian
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I haven't read the book, but I'm planning to.

The entrance:
"V:Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

I'm not sure if I know half the words :-P
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 28th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
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*L* I hope you were able to cut and paste that and not type it out! *G*

Damn... that's genius! *L*!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 28th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I don't know; I thought that, in her diary, the doctor said something along the line of heightened kinesthetics and reflexes. In other words, that's why he was able to disarm 7 or 8 men in the time it took them to re-load their guns. And he's obviously "tougher", to have been able to walk through that fire and stand up after that hail of bullets (which may have been slowed by the armor, but obviously not stopped).

You're kidding. She WAS the doctor? I did not recognize her at all. Ah... but, of course, they showed her at her real age in the flashbacks, and aged her for the "current" scenes. And I kept remembering the doctor's real name - Mary Staunton? - and not her "current" name.

Well... kudos to Sinead for a damn fine performance!!!

Oh - and I forgot the one thing that I thought they could have left out of the movie: Rookwood. What purpose did he serve? It was a bit of a detour with a dead end, really. And why was a priest running Larkhall - and what did he get $200K/month for? I suspect that these are all things that were probably left in for those who read the original graphic novel, but the Rookwood scene felt like it slowed things down a bit and could have been left out.

I'm so glad I saw it, though; today it left the local theatres. I'll definitely be watching the DVD when it comes out! Thanks for being one of the ones to recommend it.
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From:darkfaery1
Date:April 29th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
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I loved it too! I was bawling my head out during parts of it, especially when Stephen Fry had his little government sponsored accident. :( I thought everyone was just wonderful. I want to see it again on the big screen before it goes to DVD limbo.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 29th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
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I know... I kept thinking "Fry's character CAN'T be THAT naive!!!!" And he was. Kept waiting for him to turn out to be a bad guy, too, so they did a good job of surprising me on that.
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