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V for Vendetta
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Sunday, 19 March 2006 21:06

V for Verbose


V is for Vendetta, but there are a number of other things this V stands for. Allow me to vivify in verse.

V if for vigilante, the man in the mask
Who violates laws in the name of the past.
V is for vacuous, having no thought,
Much like the thought put into the plot.
V is for villain, a man on a screen,
Who barks crazy orders to his political team.
V is for violence, in between all the chatter,
Some slicing and dicing but not enough splatter.
V is for void as in void of her hair,
They shaved Nathalie’s head but does anyone care?
V is for vexed by the film’s drawn-out length,
Watching so long took up all my strength.
V is for vapid, again with the plot,
Is this a great film? I really think not.

If you think that was bad the vengeful V himself will really annoy you. When we are first introduced to the verbose vagabond he goes on for at least ten minutes using, almost exclusively, words that start with the letter “V”. It is meant to be a quirky personality trait to make him sound intelligent. Instead, I imagine a lonely V sitting at home in his mask and pajamas with the dictionary in his lap writing speeches.

V is for Vendetta takes place in a futuristic Britain under the rule of a fascist dictator. One man, a terrorist known only as V (Hugo Weaving), plots to end the heavy-handed rule. He wears a Guy Fawkes mask, representing his belief that one man can stand against those in power. Also, like his role model, V’s plan is to blow the Parliament building sky high.

One night V rescues a young girl named Evey (Nathalie Portman) from a gang of cops called “Finger men” who caught her out past curfew. At first she is afraid of this poetry spouting masked man. Once she learns what he stands for she joins his cause, realizing that she will never be the same again.

V is supposed to be a tragic figure, deformed and outcast much like Victor Hugo’s Phantom of the Opera. But he just comes across as silly with his lengthy speeches and creepy wig. In one scene we even see him cooking breakfast in his mask and a frilly apron, looking like some sort of drag queen impersonation of I Love Lucy.

This is a much-anticipated movie because of close ties with the creators of The Matrix movies. V for Vendetta really did look cool in the previews, but that is just the problem. It felt like one big long preview. I cared very little about the characters and I really didn’t care about their cause. So V’ going to blow up the parliament building… Who cares? He gives them a whole year to prepare! I say burn some backup discs, evacuate the building and whatever will be will be.

There are some good ideas at the core of this movie and I think it would have worked very well in different hands. I would be curious to read the graphic novel created by Alan Moore who also created From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Come to think of it, each of these is a great idea turned not-so-great movie.

V for Vendetta was too jumbled and disorganized to make much of an impact. I was bored out of my skull.

I give it 4 out of 10 stars.