V For Vendetta, James McTeigue, Film Review
A series of film reviews where I give my comments on IMDB Top 250 films as a writer. The idea is that over time these posts will build into a wide-ranging writing resource.
For more details about the approach I've taken, including some important points about its strengths and weaknesses (I make no claims about my abilities as a film critic or even the accuracy of my comments... but I do stand by the value of a writer's notes on another work of art), see my introductory post here.
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS
The combination of comic book adaption and Britishness is a disaster. Awful risk-free nonsense from terrorist, V. Perhaps this is the fundamental reason why I hate comic books. The stakes seem lower because there are too many easy get-outs, total fantasy masquerading as semi-reality.
Lots of people saying 'Bloody Hell,' in an English accent, and about four people at a bar standing in for an entire population.
I'm incapable of giving a 1/10 score to anything staring the divine Natalie Portman – but in a film where everyone's dialogue sounds weirdly recorded and under-rehearsed, hers is no exception most of the time.
Film seems particularly ridiculous when seen after Battle Of Algiers where you get what real 'righteous' terrorism looks like.
Stephen Fry is unspeakably bad, a disgusting vanity role.
The Nigel Farage-like presenter spouting hate on the TV had some potential to be memorable, but even this wasn’t properly realized, with his transition from TV character to real person too sketchy to be convincing.
A ridiculous film to be in anyone's Top 250 list.
Personal Score 2/10