Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li

V for Vendetta

Being sick at the beginning of a long weekend is a grumpy sort of thing. But the neighbor was kind enough to take Jet for an evening. I wasn't feeling well enough, Thursday night, to go out, so John went out and rented V for Vendetta for us.

It was good, and held to the heart of the story. Just like outintexas said it would be.

Now, it is fair to say that I loved the original graphic novel. What it had to say about politics, about the danger of giving up personal rights for "safety" has always stuck with me. But the line that the original novel drew was so far away from my real life that my own lines of what to give up and what not to has been very fuzzy. The lines drawn in that book were well beyond where I have ever trod, and far more like the lines that were thoroughly violated in the stories I've known about China and how they work.

The movie, however, brought it closer to home. It's cleaner, prettier than Alan Moore probably would have liked. The situation not nearly as desperate for the individuals involved. There were actually folks that looked like clean, decent, middle-class Americans, rather than everyone being haunted, angry, or doing the dirtiest thing possible to make it all worse. It's not just be a whore or die, which was very much the picture in the original book.

The movie was more about people like me. About what they can give up if they believe their safety is involved. About holding the line for a kind of morality that is already under fire now. About the small decisions that lead to bigger consequences.

I can see why they simplified the plot, the characterization, and stuck to only two or maybe three points of view. Not the dozen or so in the novel. I see why they prettied up some parts of it like Evey's stay with Gordon. I also see why the ending was as Hollywoodized as it was, simplified to sharpen the message at the very last scene and missing, entirely, the plot ending of the book. Not a terrible thing, as it, really, kept true to what I'd thought of as the heart of the book with how Evey lost her fear, and how the Vendetta played out into the whole of the political arena. Plus the moral ambiguity of V, himself, was still, somewhat there. Not as clearly as in the books.

He was not quite as inhuman, in some sense. Which, I could see, as being more appealing and might sell the main message better.

The one thing I might not forgive is that they left out my favorite line, though they had done my favorite scene so closely. I really missed it when V is asking how Evey feels, and I expected my favorite line with a pause and a real delivery or something. "I felt like an angel." Should have been in there. Damnit. Or it was and Ms. Portman just mumbled it or something.

But the rest. I approve. I'll likely buy it retail just to support the darn thing so that they'll make more like it.
Tags: movie, review

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