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.