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Mon, Mar. 20th, 2006, 11:23 am
paranoiaebw: V is for Vagina?

So I saw “V for Vendetta” the other day and I must say I enjoyed it. I found it’s messages mixed at times but overall it was alright. I’m a huge fan of the graphic novel and I do understand that the changes may take away from the actual movie. I guess the reason I enjoyed it though is because I thought it was going to be a big piece of shit with a ton of action scenes in it. While they did add some action I don’t think they over did it and it worked well.

The biggest problem with the movie is this:

They have a love story/tension between “V” and Evey. I do think this is stupid (as I actually agree with my friend that “V” was possibly her mother) BUT “V” is a Hollywood movie and that sort of stuff is bound to be thrown at us. One of my friends was so mad by this so another guy challenged him to name one major Hollywood movie where a romance/tension of some sort wasn’t put in with at least two characters in it.

You know the best answer he could come up with? Predator 2!

THAT’S reaching if you ask me! SO-my question is, can you think of any major Hollywood pictures where they don’t put some sort of love story in there for the audience?

Tue, Mar. 21st, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)

OKAY how in the hell can you like the movie if you LOVE the graphic novel? The great thing about V for Vendetta is that it breaks conventions, it's daring, it portrays terrorism in a positive light, really potraying the old adage that one man's terrorist REALLY is another man's freedom fighter (ah, the Boston Tea Party). They butchered the dialogue and turned V into a love struck monster, making him human, which he is not supposed to be. V was supposed to be an IDEA which is why he's behind the mask in the first place. I loved the book because it did not sacrifice its integrity or its message so it could be exploited for all entertainment purposes possible, which is why it was (and still is) such a groundbreaking piece of literature (thank you Frank Millar and Alan Moore for making comics for adults). But the film DID that and that's why it is no different than any other Hollywood film.

I mean come on, the posters all read "Freedom! Forever!" Fuck that, no where do I recall such a proclamation in the graphic because it's a trite American ideal. V deserves much more ingenuity and edge.

As far as movies without a love sub-plot:

Uhm, what about The Sandlot (lifeguard chick?), Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Night of the Living Dead, Tora Tora Tora, there do exist some

Tue, Mar. 21st, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)

I totally undrestand what your saying and that's probably why I wasn't "in love" with the movie. It's been a few years sense I've read the graphic novel SO it's a little "fuzzy" in my mind BUT the movie works on one level seperate from the book for me. Alot of the changes I felt they made were just typical hollywood conventions. While I hate those conventions I can't be too bothered by seeing them in a hollywood movie. I knew what I was getting myself into.

The only defense I can have for any of the changes is that there is only one movie based off of any type of book that I can recall little to no changes (off the top of my head), and that was Sin City. Sometimes Changes can make the story better too if they fit what the directors vision for the film is (not saying this is so in "V"). Take "Fight Club". The end of the movie is much better than the book-even the author thinks so.

Wed, Mar. 22nd, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)

But the soul, the overall IDEA of the book and its characters remained intact for Fight Club. If they changed Tyler Durden in anyway not befitting of his character in the book for the movie, I would have raised hell over that. Changing the ending of a film, at least in the minute way Fight Club was ended, dosn't bother so much as the above comment on character change-up and that has a greater impact on the film as a whole than an ending change.