I think Alan Moore’s creation, V for Vendetta, is a masterful work, so I had very high hopes for the film version of the comic series.
I did not go disappointed.
I realize V for Vendetta has gotten mixed reviews, but I thought it was very well done. Because the Wachowski Brothers were involved I expected the excess of the last few Matrix movies, but they restrained themselves quite appropriately. V for Vendetta was rather understated, in my opinion, and I felt it was nearly accurate with its source material. Sure, some changes had to be made because it is a mainstream movie and because it came out two decades after the comic, but the soul of it remained true enough.
Natalie Portman did a surprisingly good job and Hugo Weaving deserves some sort of an award for his portrayal of V. I don’t know many actors who can convey emotion without their face ever being seen, but Weaving pulled it off wonderfully through subtle body language and voice inflection.
The action was superb, the sets believable, the dialogue fairly crisp with some awkward moments, and the editing was well done.
Alan Moore, V’s creator, is notorious for his disdain for movie versions of his work (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell), so much so that you won’t see his name attached to the film anywhere and he gives all his proceeds to the artists of his work, but I truly hope he was moderately satisfied with this movie.
The only problem I had with the film was that its message of rebellion was slightly water-downed compared to the original, and probably with good reason, but I think most people who stop to think about what they’re watching will realize the existing parallels to today’s political and social climate. However, I believe most people who are even minutely conservative will find plenty of controversial moments in V for Vendetta.