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V for Vendetta Scores a Positive

Published March 1, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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Now that we have entered the month that should be dominated by V for Vendetta, we figured it was about time we saw a few more early reviews pop up.

Unlike the last unfortunate incident, the latest review to appear online is extremely positive and finishes by giving the film a 9/10.

V for Vendetta Review

The good people over at ComingSoon have recently posted a new review for V for Vendetta and claim the film is the cat's pajamas.

The review also touches on the fact that Alan Moore was initially not happy with the project and the final product may be enough to bring Moore back on board. What's to be mad about? Sure, the film may be a 'loose' adaptation of the graphic novel but it has been rocking positive reviews ever since its earliest screening.

Other than that, "V For Vendetta" may be the most literal Alan Moore adaptation ever made, but that's not to say that it's a note-for-note scene-by-scene recreation of Moore and Lloyd's dystopian tale of the future. From the beginning, the changes are fairly obvious. Natalie Portman's Evey Hammond isn't turning tricks to survive when she's saved by V from being gangraped by the city's corrupt law enforcement. Her job as an assistant at the government-controlled television station allows them to reunite her with V later.

Just like the graphic novel, the film's heart comes in the form of the unconventional romance between V and Evey, which very closely follows their relationship in the books. Portman does adequately with her British accent, but the real genius casting comes in the form of Hugo Weaving as V, who is able to create an immensely 3-dimensional character solely with the use of his voice. Who knows if that masked person on screen is really Weaving, but his ability to mix lines written by Moore with those written by Shakespeare without missing a beat is incredibly telling of the strength of the material.

If you go into "V For Vendetta" expecting a superhero action film, you may be disappointed, but if you know the graphic novel, you'll be impressed with the way McTeigue and the Wachowskis have brought Moore's vision to life...

There is nothing scarier than to see a sudden surge of negative reviews just before a film's release; especially if the extremely early reviews were positive. Fortunately, V for Vendetta has only hit a couple minor speed bumps along the way to its release. We are still going to hold Warner Bros to their 'Remember, remember, the fifth of November' junk though.

To read the entire reviews of V for Vendetta, head over to ComingSoon.

V for Vendetta will be released to theatres on March 17th, 2006.

For movie stills, movie trailers, movie posters, and additional movie info, go to the V for Vendetta Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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