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V for Vendetta

Posted on 2006.08.12 at 00:01


ehowton at 2006-08-12 19:47 (UTC) (Link)
I usually dislike politically motivated films. I refuse to see anything by Oliver Stone or Michael Moore. Michael Bay, for example, is bad - but not out to make a political statement. I didn't know anything about this movie. I didn't read the box, I've not seen any previews. A trust source told me it was fantastic. That's good enough for me. I was actually surprised to see Natalie Portman in it when the film started, as again, I knew nothing about it.

So going into the film ignorant - I was shocked at how well laid out it was, and for a 'political' film, the Orewellian overtones were well done. Again, what struck me most about it (having not even known it was based on a comic until the opening credits) was that it ignited my strong feelings toward the Patriot Act. I don't know what other people saw in the film, or how they reacted, but I know how I felt. Not only was that a logical conclusion to the signing of the Patriot Act, but in many regards, it's going on right now.

I enjoyed The Matrix but it did not change my life. Few do. Office Space was one. This is the other. I was actually impressed that the Wachowski brothers didn't turn this one into The Matrix, as they had so many opportunities to. The fight-scenes served a purpose, were quick, few between and not over-the-top bulletime-style. And I'm so grateful they didn't pull his mask off at the end in a Scooby-Doo ending. I found the entire thing very well done and will watch it again and again.

And for the record...I couldn't stand Fight Club. I didn't get it then, I don't get it now. I mean, I understand what they were trying to impart, just not why. One of my top-ten most boring films of all time, right behind The Crow 4 which I had the misfortune to see. I'm aware many, many people enjoyed it, and that it in fact changed their life like V did mine. So be it. We all have different external motivators. I'm probably the happiest, most secure, person I know - which is why I found it so bizarre.

Thanks for reposting!

This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-08-13 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
May I suggest Born On The Fourth Of July?
ehowton at 2006-08-13 17:39 (UTC) (Link)

I own the laserdisc. This was prior to my anti-Stone viewpoint. And in all honesty, perhaps it was because I was in the Air Force at the time, but I watched the first half (side one) and couldn't stomach to watch the second half.

I never finished the movie.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 18:35 (UTC) (Link)
You know, you didn't particularly care for Man on Fire either. How sad.

In other news, since you hate Oliver Stone, I'm working on my review of World Trade Center and will post it in due course the moment it is finished. I do urge you to go see it, but will expound on why in my post.

Have a nice day, Sir!
ehowton at 2006-08-13 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
Preliminary reviews I've read makes it sound like the events of 9/11 were simply used as a backdrop for a storyline devoid of anything outside of interpersonal relationships with a feel-good ending.

Much like Pearl Harbor wasn't about the events surrounding WWII perhaps?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 19:33 (UTC) (Link)
You'll still read and condsider my thoughts, though, right?
ehowton at 2006-08-13 20:45 (UTC) (Link)
I will read, yes. However, nothing you can say will make me ever go see another Oliver Stone film in my lifetime. Ergo, consider; no.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 20:47 (UTC) (Link)
I hope to persuade you otherwise.
ehowton at 2006-08-13 21:28 (UTC) (Link)
Let me ask you this.

Do you honestly think if I were persuavie enough, I could talk you into taking another man in your mouth for his pleasure?

Ok - now apply that same logic to my previous statment.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 21:34 (UTC) (Link)
granted. I will agree to disagree.
leonardii at 2006-08-14 09:25 (UTC) (Link)
There is an actual argument to this argument. I'll file it away for later though...
leonardii at 2006-08-14 09:21 (UTC) (Link)
I never finished it either...

No loss for me so far.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 18:29 (UTC) (Link)
I think it's due to the fact that Fight Club speaks to a younger people. You saw it at the wrong time in your life.
ehowton at 2006-08-13 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. That is indeed a possibility. It's also possible that the movie was just dumb. Perhaps I'll never know.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 19:33 (UTC) (Link)
I've watched the movie several times and consider it to be one of the best out there. That being said, in the director's commentary (which included actors Brad Pitt and Edward Norton) the point was made that above a certain age, there was negative feedback on the movie. So I'm quoting from the horse's mouth.
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