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V for Vendetta
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: February 28, 2006 - 4:42 PM PST
Last Reply: March 28, 2006 - 12:55 AM PST

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Cinenaut
post #1  on February 28, 2006 - 4:42 PM PST  
After the horrible Matrix sequels, I didn't have my hopes up too high for V for Vendetta, but maybe I was wrong...

Rave from James Wolcott.

I'd read some of the comics from the 80s, but I never really got into them much. This movie certainly couldn't be more timely.

It opens March 17th.
artifex
post #2  on February 28, 2006 - 6:16 PM PST  
> On February 28, 2006 - 4:42 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> After the horrible Matrix sequels, I didn't have my hopes up too high for V for Vendetta, but maybe I was wrong...
>
> Rave from James Wolcott.
>
> I'd read some of the comics from the 80s, but I never really got into them much. This movie certainly couldn't be more timely.
>
> It opens March 17th.

I felt the same way you did... I hope they weren't straitjacketed by the characterizations in the novel. But I think if they do it right, it'll get people to think. The main character as terrorist theme sure has some people upset, already.
Cinenaut
post #3  on March 2, 2006 - 8:57 AM PST  
Shaving Natalie Portman's head (as penance for the Star Wars movies?) may be reason enough to see it.
shiori308
post #4  on March 2, 2006 - 7:18 PM PST  
> On March 2, 2006 - 8:57 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Shaving Natalie Portman's head (as penance for the Star Wars movies?) may be reason enough to see it.
> ---------------------------------

I agree
Cinenaut
post #5  on March 17, 2006 - 4:59 PM PST  
Anybody going to see this tonight?

I'm probably going tonight or tomorrow.
shiori308
post #6  on March 19, 2006 - 8:12 PM PST  
I saw V for Vendetta tonight and I have to say that I thought it was absolutely amazing. Perfectly done, perfectly acted, perfectly paced. I was blown away by how good it truly was. It was so moving, inspiring, and well done it brought tears to my eyes on a multitude of occasions. It was teeming with brilliant social commentary that I felt was well placed and true to the ideals of the original graphic novels, equal in message but had its own voice. Natalie Portman was spectacular, the Wachowski brothers didn't make it a CGI spectacle although they put in a few of their trademark "bullet time" moments but they were well done and tasteful and even enhanced my feelings towards the film. And the dialogue and screen adaptation was so impressive to me. If I could live my life honoring a philosophy developed purely based on dialogue used by V I feel I would live a life complete, inspiring and admirable. The dialogue was genius! I was so amazed. Whew. I'm done.

shiori308
post #7  on March 19, 2006 - 8:59 PM PST  
Hmmmm, James McTeigue directed the Wachowski brothers only wrote. How uninformed I was.
shiori308
post #8  on March 19, 2006 - 9:09 PM PST  
> On March 19, 2006 - 8:59 PM PST shiori308 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hmmmm, James McTeigue directed the Wachowski brothers only wrote. How uninformed I was.
>
> ---------------------------------

Oh wait, he was still assistant director on all Matrix movies so he is still influenced by the bullet time, my folly has been legitamized.
Cinenaut
post #9  on March 20, 2006 - 10:10 AM PST  
It was so much more than just watching Natalie get her head shaved, wasn't it.

They wanted to actually shave her head in the movie, which means they only had one chance to get a goot take. They used multiple cameras and they practiced on a few stand-ins first.

Can you imagine the casting call for that? Stand-ins for Natalie Portman wanted, head shaving required.
shiori308
post #10  on March 20, 2006 - 1:48 PM PST  
I absolutely cannot stress how much I loved this movie. I bought the graphic novel last night. I cannot stop thinking about this movie!!

thingstodo
post #11  on March 20, 2006 - 2:35 PM PST  
So does V talk like Agent Smith?

Cinenaut
post #12  on March 20, 2006 - 6:42 PM PST  
> On March 20, 2006 - 2:35 PM PST thingstodo wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> So does V talk like Agent Smith?
> ---------------------------------

No, and he doesn't sound like Elrond, either. I would never have realized it was Hugo Weaving if I hadn't known ahead of time.



underdog
post #13  on March 20, 2006 - 8:01 PM PST  
I saw it yesterday and thought it pretty near to fantastic. So wonderful and rare to see a studio film this *subversive*! I thought just a few parts were a little clunky or muddled, but overall, it was pretty enthralling.

Funny, my dad asked me about it, asked whether it was really violent (for my stepmom's sake) - to which I answered, it was mostly not that violent at all, except for a few scenes, only one or two pretty bloody ones, which were a little comic book-ish and didn't bother me. And also (again for my stepmom's sake) if it had scenes of women being tortured or anything like that, and again, I said, hardly, hardly what you'd think after seeing a quickie trailer or seeing Natalie Portman looking tortured, with her shaved head. No, there's much more than meets the eye here than you'd think.

I also thought bringing in Hugo Weaving to replace original choice James Purefoy was a great move (no offense to Purefoy) - Weaving brought the masked V to life better than it would seem possible. It does veer a little close to Phantom of the Opera territory, but with a much more fascinating and relevant backstory.

Kudos all around.

(PS: I did laugh, and may have been the only person, when V is listening to his jukebox and a typically moody, slow-core Cat Power song is playing, and V asks Evie if she likes to dance... I laughed because who the hell dances to Cat Power? I wanted her to say "Uh, Cat Power makes me even more depressed..." They do dance to another song, fortunately...)
ALittlefield
post #14  on March 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM PST  
I enjoyed it too, perhaps not as much as you did; Portman is very good, it certainly looks great and the V character is not just some heroic rebel:he's actually conflicted about what he's doing, and the audience is conflicted about him too. The serious, somewhat pretentious tone of the film got on my nerves a bit, Portman's character went through some changes I didn't quite find beliveable, and V almost seemed like Superman at times(how does he keep that mask on all the time?), but I still think it's worth seeing.
underdog
post #15  on March 22, 2006 - 2:31 PM PST  
Did anyone else feel a little... uncomfortable when Portman was dressed as a schoolgirl in that one scene where she goes, uh, undercover...? Normally, that sort of thing might even turn me on, but instead, it just creeped me out. Which I suppose was the intention, which means... nice job, wardrobe and makeup department!
Eoliano
post #16  on March 22, 2006 - 7:15 PM PST  
> Did anyone else feel a little... uncomfortable when Portman was dressed as a schoolgirl in that one scene where she goes, uh, undercover...? Normally, that sort of thing might even turn me on, but instead, it just creeped me out. Which I suppose was the intention, which means... nice job, wardrobe and makeup department!

Just as I thought, you are a dirty minded old dawg.
Cinenaut
post #17  on March 24, 2006 - 9:02 AM PST  
Yes, that was an effective intentionally-creepy scene, although with the Wachowski bros, the line between intentionally-creepy and unintentionally-creepy is often smeared.

I think the movie gained a lot by having Stephen Fry in it. He added some much needed humanity and warmth.

Actually, the same goes for Stephen Rea, come to think of it.
hamano
post #18  on March 24, 2006 - 10:01 AM PST  
> On March 22, 2006 - 2:31 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Did anyone else feel a little... uncomfortable when Portman was dressed as a schoolgirl in that one scene where she goes, uh, undercover...?

Ur... without having seen it, could it just have been a Japanese anime visual reference? Or a Britney Spears reference? School girls in uniform... common currency in anime and music videos...
Yowanda
post #19  on March 25, 2006 - 9:17 AM PST  
> On March 24, 2006 - 10:01 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On March 22, 2006 - 2:31 PM PST underdog wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Did anyone else feel a little... uncomfortable when Portman was dressed as a schoolgirl in that one scene where she goes, uh, undercover...?
>
> Ur... without having seen it, could it just have been a Japanese anime visual reference? Or a Britney Spears reference? School girls in uniform... common currency in anime and music videos...
> ---------------------------------

Definately wasn't an anime reference. I'm not sure what type of "schoolgirl" it would be, but not quite your typical one. My disgusting husband of course thought Portman was hot and wasn't creeped out at all.
Cinenaut
post #20  on March 25, 2006 - 9:54 AM PST  
It was more of a Bo Peep thing, sans the crook.







***SPOILER***

Her betrayal of V in that scene took me by surprise, even though it was forshadowed by her picking up the scrap of paper with the guy's address.
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