Thursday, April 13, 2006

watered-down V?

V for Vendetta (film) - political reactions

So, apparently anarchists don't like the film of V for Vendetta because it doesn't propose anything positive to replace the totalitarian regime with; socialists didn't like it because "the people have not played any part in the revolution" - huh? What about the last scene then, when V steps down from his role by dying and it is the people who go to protest and overthrow the regime? At least the LGBT commentators liked it.

Alan Moore didn't like it because "his story had been reduced to debating "current American neo-conservatism vs. current American liberalism". Well maybe the anarchist message was diluted by the fim version, but it makes more sense to bring it up to date and make it look analogous to the current situation. Also David Lloyd (co-creator and illustrator) liked the film.

I think this is one of those situations where the co-creation of artist and audience has been overlooked by the author.

Personally I liked it very much - the imagery was very powerful, the ideas were good, the script was well-written, and the message couldn't be more timely. And if that isn't enough, it encourages people to read the graphic novel anyway.

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