V for Vendetta
There were a lot of signs indicating that this movie was on the road to disaster. One, the creator (Alan Moore) of the graphic novel of which this movie is base on disowned the film in a very public manner. Two, the movie was delayed a few months due to post-production problems. If this was any other movie, this would have doomed the movie creatively, but to my surprise, the movie works.
Set in a gloomy future, this movie tells the story of an England going back to its empire roots. America is in shambles. The government is oppressive and powerful. The moviemakers are able to skillfully convey a ‘Hitler’ type government that uses fear to keep people in check. Everything feels believable in this world. (Being gay or a Muslim will get you arrested in this world.)
The character of V is just enjoyable to watch, he’s brutal and twisted, yet caring as well. I enjoyed his speech to the public as he takes over a government owned TV station. Hugo Weaving’s voice does most of the acting for him since he’s masked the entire time. Natalie Portman should also get some credit for her performance. It proves that she a talented actress and was hampered by George Lucas’s poor direction and dialogue in the SW movies.
While there are a few problems with the movie, it shouldn’t keep you away from watching it.