Aside from Natalie Portman’s exceptional performance in the movie as the Evey character as well as her unconditional beauty (she is still so gorgeous even after her hair was shaved off! :|) another thing that got me hooked on V for Vendetta is the poetry — most of which are of course spoken by V. It did not really matter if some of the elaborate jargon ended up not making sense to me anymore. Even if most of the time the speech ended up sounding slurred and mixed up, it did not really matter anyway since the lines were just absolutely beautiful.
V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
It is very rare nowadays to hear refined phrases as most of what we hear from films are just plain crass. What’s great is that the spoken words are not just centered on the cheesy and romantic speeches and professions. The lines are very universal since they imply the abuse of political power and even the misuse of it, which I am sure anyone in the world is aware of in one way or another. It is also very refreshing to see a well-versed protagonist. He may not have fancy gadgets like batman or even a ripped body like that of superman (or all the other superheroes who have amazing skills and powers, for that matter), but he possesses ideas that are unlike any other.
I appreciate the fact that the movie did not give off a vibe similar to that of “The Spirit”. I think that the effects used in V for Vendetta sufficed for whatever mode the creators were going for. Over-doing it would have just emphasized the fact that it is based on a graphic novel. I am not saying that it is a bad thing though. I just a have a strong personal preference towards movies that are not overdone. In addition, since the movie is mainly concerned with revolution and other political issues, I believe that a more realistic take, would be more effective and dramatic.
I would not necessarily consider myself as a comic book junkie, so it comes as a surprise that graphic novels such as this could actually contain stories that are more or less true to life. Political issues tackled in the movie are more delicate compared to that of capturing a thief, saving the world from damnation, etc. since it is a real problem that the world faces every single day. The movie presents ideologies that people can actually apply in real life, which makes it kind of scary knowing that a movie can have such a great impact without people even knowing it.
The subtle entry of romance into the plot is an added bonus as it makes the story a bit lighter. It is the perfect mix of action, romance and drama. Overall, the film is very entertaining. It manages to be dark and heavy as well as light without being a drag. For some reason, I was overcome with the feeling of triumph and hope after watching it. Probably all of us have V’s ideas in the back of our heads and are just too afraid to stand up like he did. We all know the truth, but we remain subdued knowing that we will have to face the troubles that will arise once we stand up and start fighting for it.