V for Vendetta

V for VendettaI’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.”

Here’s a video of it

18 Comments

  1. Dave2   •  

    The ending of the movie was philosophic, the ending of the graphic novel was symbolic. Since V was building himself up as a symbol all along, this is why I feel the graphic novel is so cool (and am surprised that the Wachowski Bros. changed it for the film).

    Very much worth a read.

  2. anthony   •     Author

    Come to think of it, it did contrast to the buildup of V as a symbol. I loved the mask. It’d be fantastic for Halloween. 🙂

    I’ll look into picking the novel up in town tomorrow.

  3. trev   •  

    i got stuffed to go to the preview of the pink panther while garv got to see this, he loves this, i hated the stink panther.

  4. anthony   •     Author

    Thats a bad deal trev. I wouldn’t be dragged to the pink panther

  5. Conor   •  

    I just saw it, and I was 100%totallynot impressed. Bitterly disappointed. It was never going to be the same as the book, and probably never as good, but Jesus! It’s like they went jiggying round with it just for the sake of it.

    The dialogue grated like all the gammy bits from the the second two matrix films covered in grated cheese, the “action” scenes were a f***ing joke, and the ending NNNNGHGHGHGH!!!!!!! Just thinking about it gets me clenching my fists.

    Hope you enjoy the book.

    Gahhh!!!!!1 Conor’s NOT happy AT ALL. :angrydog:

  6. trev   •  

    one of the many setbacks for bagsing the preview tickets to star wars, my top spot returns in 1 and a half months, the big dog is back baby.

  7. Elissa   •  

    As strange as it was, I kind of enjoyed his opening speech. It might take you off track, and is confusing (you might want to bring a dictionary). However I did find it entertaining to see how many words they tried to use starting with v and still have it rhyme.
    And for the record, every movie based on a book is worse then the book. The only movie I’ve seen that expresses the book fairly well was The Green Mile (Stephen King). And even that movie was different from the book.

  8. Conor   •  

    I’ll assume you never read Silence of the Lambs.

    “He wants a vest with tits on it.”

  9. joe because i know   •  

    This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It’s EXACTLY what this country needs to see right now.

  10. jessica   •  

    😀
    this movie was so awesome!!
    i think it will be my favorite for a while!!:)

  11. Lindy   •  

    “V” was magnificent! A cross between “1984,” Zorro, and any Bruce Lee film. My favorite for a while, too.

  12. anthony   •     Author

    The DVD was released this week aswell. Must pick it up.

  13. Tammy   •  

    🙂 i totaly fell for V, he’s so kewl, loved the movie. had to get it.

    the one pic , kind of remindes me of the phantom of the opera picture.

  14. Alex   •  

    i think the move is awesome like Jessica. i thought his opening speech was great and its better than the last 2 matrix films put together!!!

  15. Mina   •  

    to say that I was a fan all along is a complete and utter lie. I wasn’t interested in seeing this film until I heard “the line” (I wont bother quoting it, but it’s the bit about the government) anyhow, I ended up seeing the movie about five times in theatres (a cheat really as I worked in one, but i paid to see it twice). I then got the book, and did not put it down for two days straight. I completely agree.

    It took some time for me to step out of the movie and find out who the real V and Evey were (as I was quite attatched to their theatrical counterparts) and must admit they are some of the best characters I’ve ever of. Both mediums are a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed.

  16. Mina   •  

    EXTRA EXTRA! So i was cruising the internet in my nerdy ways and I found out that a man named David J was kind enough to make a CD about our beloved V and even record “Vicious Cabaret” it’s GENIUS. If anyone would like a copy of the MP3 (for sampling purposes, please go out and buy the CD it’s only $11.00 U.S) please feel free to e-mail me at

    gimme.a.dork.sandwhich@hotmail.com

    please subject your e-mail Vicious Cabaret and I’ll be glad to send. Happy hunting then.

  17. Rob   •  

    I’ve never heard of VfV before, so I was a little intrigued when I first saw the movie trailers, but not enough interest to pay to see at the cinema. Well, I just so happened to finally rent and watch the DVD yesterday. I think it was pretty good. Some parts were drawn out and almost made me drowsy though. Oh and for his speech with all the V’s in it when first introducing himself to Evey… folks, that’s called Alliteration, a form of poetic verse that’s been around for awhile, but since most pop culture uses Rhyme nowadays, such as in pop and rap music, it’s obvious that alliterative verse is not that much of a widely popular form. ~Rob

  18. mark   •  

    watched the film on DVD. wow! nice film. exactly what this country needs, a swift kick up the arse for the government. considering the original houses of parliament was made of wood, was still nice to watch it blow up. anarchy in the UK!!!

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