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post #31 of 50
I know you're joking, but I'd be very surprised if he's never met anyone at Harvard who wasn't intelligent. Unbelievably brilliant people have failed out of high schools and community colleges. Unbelievably stupid people have gone to Yale and gone on to become president.
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
I know you're joking, but I'd be very surprised if he's never met anyone at Harvard who wasn't intelligent. Unbelievably brilliant people have failed out of high schools and community colleges. Unbelievably stupid people have gone to Yale and gone on to become president.

Booya.

No, but I saw V yesterday, and I liked it a lot. I'd give it a B.
post #33 of 50
Saw it yesterday, first showing at the theatre in Brunswick Square. I was amazed. When I first heard that it was written by the WBs, I though it was going to be like the last three movies that they wrote. But was I wrong. The best movie of the year so far.
post #34 of 50
Looking forward to Borat.


My wife, she is dead!
post #35 of 50
Blowing up Parliament is like blowing up the Eiffel Tower, it’s a crime against human nature. That scene made me cry. Blowing up the empty Parliament is totally retarded from a political symbol point of view. When Fawkes was going to blow up Parliament, the King, and both houses of Parliament were going to be in attendance. However in the movie, Parliament was empty and not used. Actually, allowing the people to retake Parliament and hold free elections would have been a stronger political message regarding freedom than blowing the empty, unused building up. And for the love of all that is holy, would film makers please stop letting their hate for Bush destroy every movie? PLEASE! I don’t like the retarded moron either, but that does not mean you have to completely distort a graphic novel written in 1982 against the Thatcher government into a pseudo-political message against a current political problem, which other than Britain's (by Britain I mean Blair) half-assed attempt of fighting in Iraq has nothing to do with the current political state of the US. In fact, the British are a lot more democratic than we are, even with the House of Lords and the Queen still in place. Visually the movie was good, except really for the bullet-time knives…we got it, you also made the Matrix, now come up with something new. The only thing that really threw me off was Portman’s faux-English accent. Why can’t Hollywood cast Britons as Britons and Americans (and to a lesser extent, Canadians) as Americans? Portman is cute, no doubt about it, but they should have cast Keira Knightley, who pulls off a British accent rather naturally (being born in England to English parents really helps) and is better looking than Portman; even with her head shaved. Jon.
post #36 of 50
Saw it last night, thought it was a decent action flick. My companion enjoyed it also.

It's definitely not true to the spirit of the original, and I really objected to the pussification of V. Ultimately, the movie lacked courage, afraid of the ideas it chose as subject matter.
post #37 of 50
Bump

Sorry to bring this one back but I have just watched this and it was rubbish. Slow, dull, I didn't care about any of the characters, Portman was wooden and to top it all it had Stephen Rea (I refuse to watch him when I can avoid it due to the company he keeps) in it.


Really can't believe people on the internetmoviedatabase gave it a ten, it was bloody awful.
post #38 of 50
[quote=Nonk]Bump

...and to top it all it had Stephen Rea (I refuse to watch him when I can avoid it due to the company he keeps) in it. QUOTE]

Can you explain, I don't get the reference - thanks!
post #39 of 50
He is married to a terrorist.
post #40 of 50
Um, so nobody else (save for Jon) thought this was the preachiest piece of garbage ever put to film?
post #41 of 50
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
Visually the movie was good, except really for the bullet-time knives...we got it, you also made the Matrix, now come up with something new.

Yeah, that was my thought too, during those scenes and when they were out in the rain and they followed the rain drop down as it hits Portman on the bald head. A buddy of mine posted this on his website about the same scene-
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My train of thought during the rain scene was something like this:

Please don't stare at the sky
Please don't stare at the sky
Sigh
Please don't extend your arms in a Christlike pose
Please don't extend your arms in a Christlike pose
Pl-- there's the pose.
Please don't show V and fire, I understand water is its complement
Please don't show V and fire, I understand water is its complement
I do not need to be hit over the h-- theres V and fire.
post #42 of 50
I liked it, but then i'm a Tchaikovsky freak and not much of a movie critic.
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by dusty
Um, so nobody else (save for Jon) thought this was the preachiest piece of garbage ever put to film?

The graphic novel was preachy - but in a far more subtle and sophisticated way.

I don't think the movie was complete garbage, just not worthy of its original or its subject matter. Didn't want to say much back then because of spoilers, but one of the great strengths of the original graphic novel is V's inhumanity. But like most of V's designs, you need to look beyond the surface. His love for humanity is such that his revenge results in people having the opportunity to embrace freedom.

To me, the film's greatest betrayal came in the moment when all the people marched together. V's purpose in the graphic novel was to free people from big brother and other false idols forcing them to govern themselves individually. In the movie, they act in concert with their masks and costumes. At the end of the film, they are still sheep.

The psuedo romance with V and Evey was also divergent from the book. There is much in the book to suggest that V himself was gay. Their "romance" also detracts from just how much V had been changed by his experience at Larkhill. V's "coldness" also suggested how Evey would act with a different temperament in helping reintroduce beauty and art to a brutalized world.
post #44 of 50
I've been to Larkhill!

It a major Royal Artillery base.

Gotta love those dropshorts.
post #45 of 50
I have never read the comic book(s?), but I didn't much care for the film. The fascist regime was so bad that of course everyone wanted to get rid of it. A much more interesting questions would have arisen if the government really had rescued the nation from the bio attack. How far can one go and how draconian rule one would tolerate if it really was the only way to survive a plague and a total collapse of the nation?

Also, the blowing up of the Parliament was totally unnecessary. At that point the people had already won the battle and the army had chosen not to start a war against its own people. All in all, it could have been much better IMO.
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