I’ve been looking forward to this but hesitant as it’s the Wachowski brothers producing. I loved the Matrix but the sequels were muck and lost sight of what was good about the initial idea. I also have to say that I’m not at all familiar with Alan Moore’s graphic novel on which the movie is based. Saying all that, to be honest, I loved it.
The story is well done and you’re never too sure whether you should be cheering for the titular ‘V’ as he dishes out the vengeance. His opening speech when introduced to Evey is grating though and a real mis-step. However, the rest of the film makes up for it in terms of expanding the background and portraying a chilling view of the future/present. The ending had me beaming but I am intrigued as to how the book ends as Dave says its “so much cooler”.
Update: I seem to get a lot of people coming to this blog having searched for V’s opening speech so I’ve included it here:
“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 vanguarding 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.”