V for Vendetta
Review by Ross Anthony

This is a bold movie. Boldly directed, boldly chosen subject matter, boldly released and boldly created. Undoubtedly, reviewers will talk about the possible political implications of this film on current world events, so I won’t. Instead, I’d like to compliment the film as a strong cinematic experience. And remind viewers that it is based on a story (graphic novel) written some 2 decades ago. Though I had read that graphic novel at that time (and enjoyed it), I will not judge the film with respect to it (mostly because my memory isn’t that good).

Wow. What direction! The script is good – very good. And the story strong. But the direction is paramount. All the actors give good performances, but the vigilant marching pace, the careful tone and mood, that strong wonderful climax -- this is great direction. I see hundreds of films in a year and only a very few are able to execute such disciplined pace, controlled build and ultimately fire a climax with impact and emotional culmination. James McTeigue succeeds gloriously.

Art direction, editing, cinematography are all solid. And while Portman does a fine job, it’s really Stephen Rea’s quiet strong performance as Chief Inspector Finch that stands out as yet another driving force in this commanding film. Kudos to him.

Improvements? Sure. While the general public is given screen time – I could have used more. I would have liked to see a bar room debate or some teacher’s lounge discussion regarding the politics of the day. I wanted to watch John Q. Public change his mind. Also, the scene with Portman and Rea could have been developed just a little more – some juice was still there waiting to be brought out. Lastly, not crazy about the “L” word popping out with such Hollywood fashion.

Overall, V is a Very powerful film. I enjoyed it.

This film screened at a Krikorian Theatre.

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  • V for Vendetta. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Roger Allam, Stephen Fry, Tim Pigott-Smith.
  • Directed by James McTeigue.
  • Screenplay by Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski. Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.
  • Produced by Grant Hill, Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski at Silver/Warnerbros.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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