a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks

short movie tidbits -- V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta is definitely worth a second thought regarding philosophy and motivations. I will probably write up something large and discussion-worthy later. Hugo Weaving did a fantastic job with body language, even if that first introductory speech* annoyed me. The cinematography was as good as the Wachowski brothers are known for, especially in the last fight scene (interesting lighting effects). I'm sorry that the bad guys had to be so unrelievedly bad, and for the superhuman portions as well. This might have done OK as a miniseries or even a regular series like the old Zorros.

For now, here are my brief "don't forget" thoughts. Yes, there are a few vague spoilers here.

"vendetta" - A bitter, destructive feud, syn. "blood feud." From Latin "vindicta" meaning "revenge."

Comparison to Serenity -- monsters, ideas bigger than life, medical experiments gone wrong (while hoping for the best)

Heavy emphasis on fascism against homosexuality (vs. sedition by teachers, social workers, unmarried...)

Cleansing by fire

20 years of distilled hate vs. one night in the rain

Are three years of roses worth dying in agony alone?

Comparison to Batman Begins -- child of social activists, older "straight" cop trying to preserve impartial justice and the justice of history

Fantastic blend of oddities -- resignation, hope and immorality -- by Sinéad Cusack as Delia Surridge.

I do have a complaint to make about the previews, too. Of the four previews, one was on 30 years of Drum Corp history, one was a horror, and two were dark adventure flicks. I don't plan to see any of them except maybe Superman. I have no interest in horror. But thanks guys for annoying/agitating me before the movie; it made the opening sequence to the movie so much more irrelevant. It took me until the 1812 Overture to get over my pique from the prequels.

*footnote 1:
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 it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. 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. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

Evey Hammond: Are you like a crazy person?

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