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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.
Simply put, V For Vendetta is a horrible waste of celluloid and does not deserve anyone's attention. This film is so poorly made and silly that I laughed (very loudly, much to the chagrin of the other idiotic moviegoers around me, my friend included) throughout. I hardly think this was the "film"'s intent.
The story revolves around Evey (Natalie Portman), a twentysomething girl living in futuristic totalitarian England. On a dark, stormy, clichéd night, Every encounters V, the masked and infamous villain who terrorizes all of England with his bombs, confused political ideology, horrible rhyme scheme, dancing, perfectly choreographed fight scenes, and jazz records. Viva la revolucion, indeed.
The government in place in V For Vendetta is certainly awful, though we are never shown exactly what they do to send their citizens into such a horrid state, aside from their evil tone when speaking to each other across gigantic televisions and such. From some time after we meet V, we become somewhat informed that he was part of an experiment in which the government somehow ruined his life. The problem is that we are never actually shown what happen, nor is it properly explained. When some level of closure is delivered, it's simply ineffective because all of the (highly underwhelming) drama caused by it has already occurred, so no sympathy for the characters can be formed within the viewer's mind, leaving any character development within V or Every totally pointless.
Even if this weren?t the case, the character development would still be pointless because this film has two of the absolute worst characters I have ever had to deal with for two hours (and 12 grueling final minutes) of my life. Natalie Portman's acting was horrible, and an equally dreadful screenplay did not help this fact. Her dialogue, like all dialogue in the film, is overdramatic and horribly acted. In fact, I cannot think of a single performance in the film that did not leave me at least a little uneasy. But compared to V (Hugo Weaving, who is automatically one of my new least favorite actors), Portman's performance was Oscar-worthy (hell. considering the way the Oscar's works her performance was Oscar worthy) V is one of the single most masticating wastes of space ever put on camera. Not only is his character uninteresting, and frankly disturbing to look at (with the dumbest mask ever), but his political ideals make NO sense. We are never told or shown what exactly V believes in; simply that he blows shit up in the name of "revolution". V is not a revolutionary. He is not a good person. He is a violent, selfish terrorist. Obviously, as I've said, the government he was fighting was evil, but how does blowing up Parliament and playing classical music solve any of this? Couldn't the film have at least realized that fact and worked as a comment on violence in activism? No, of course not. This is Hollywood we're talking about.
I really hope that somehow this entire film was one huge multi-million dollar joke. In one scene, V is preparing breakfast for Evey and adorned in a pink apron while he dances and sings. In another (woops spoiler alert for a film that you should not see), he declares his everlasting love for Evey (out of nowhere) as she covers him in roses and sends him to an explosive grave. Why was this made? WHY was this the number one movie at the box office??
You know what would be a real revolution? If films like this were no longer made.
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