Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

vEvery so often I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at V for Vendetta.

Inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, this 2005 film was directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers. It starred Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. As much as I enjoyed the graphic novel, I have to admit that I prefer the film. It’s more emotional and the portrayal of V stays a bit more romantic — the shocking scenes where he breaks Evey works much better in the movie than in the original, in my opinion. In the graphic novel, it was that moment where V stopped being a revolutionary hero in my eyes and became a lunatic. In the film, I didn’t get that feeling, which was a big positive.

Here’s one of the more famous scenes, where V outlines his philosophy and puts his enemies on notice:

This sequence shows off the Valerie’s Letter portion of the story. It’s beautiful and powerful.

This is V’s final battle — if you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to avoid it for potential spoilers.

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