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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

V For Vendetta Review

V for Vendetta
Directed by John McTeigue
Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea

disclaimer: Dory Benami did not watch Matrix 2 or 3 and purports to not be a fan of the first Matrix film. Dory Benami also hates "geeky films" and fell asleep while viewing all Lord of the Rings films.

In view of my disclaimer above and the fact that I viewed the film at the Grove (worst place to see a film in LA) in the rain after having one of the worst work-days of my life and deciding to quit caffeine on the day in question- it is a major miracle that I did not fall asleep or hate the film V for Vendetta.

In fact I didn't hate the film at all. Without getting into the nuances of the film or revealing too much of the plot unnecessarily let me say that V for Vendetta isn't for everyone. The film is quite brainy in the same way that the Matrix was (supposed to be). Only this film's discussion revolves around issues that exist in today's society. Again, I will not give much away in this review, (so don't read anyone elses's review because I am sure that they will not be as generous as I) but I will say that the society of the future in which V for Vendetta exists is foreseeable in that it looks into the future in a thoughtful way with today's post 9/11 society as a starting point.

As far as the technical the film is superb. The directing is fluid, the camera moves beautifully and the shots and effects are worthwhile. The film looks stylish and the score is fitting. Sit-close so you can hear and feel this one. The performances are very good. Most notably Hugo Weaving as V. He takes on the role of the Phantom of the Opera/Monster in such a distinguished way. Doing so much with his voice behind a mask that he truly deserves some kind of award or distinction. Natalie Portman is divine. To look at and her soft and tender performance as well as her non-offending British accent. She definitely won points in my book (not to mention her brilliant rap on SNL this past weekend.). Also, I'd be remiss not to mention that Natalie Portman is ISRAELI (it's a known fact that all Israelis must mention Natalie Portman's birthplace and nationality whenever her name is brought up- it would be criminal not to).

Lastly, Stephen Rea, the conscience of the film. A police officer from the future, but a conscience from today. He truly is the audience's perspective and since The Crying Game he hasn't been as good or as interesting to watch. My one fault with this film is that it - although it is good- is 10 minutes too long. It takes a little time to start up in the beginning and drags a tad at the end. Ultimately it is a film worthy of 2 hours, but at its current run time of 132 minutes (2 hours and 12 minuets) it is overly indulgent.

3 Stars


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