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Published February 14, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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After reading all the early reviews that have claimed V for Vendetta is the best thing since the term 'geeked,' I can only hope that this baby rocks the box office.

Some see the film as a political commentary, others see it as one cool adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel and the rest see it as one hell of a popcorn flick.

I haven't seen a negative remark for V for Vendetta since Moore openly criticized the film during production; but what is he saying now?

V for Vendetta Reviews

The good people over at aintitcool have recently posted not one but two early movie reviews for V for Vendetta. Both reviews are obviously positive with one from a person who hasn't read the graphic novel and the other from a person who has.

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And for those of you who don`t want to read through the whole thing, here is my “I don`t know the comic but have seen the movie”-verdict: It`s good. Really good.

The first ten or so minutes are “pure-genius” cinema. They have so much speed, so much drama, so much energy you will be kind of numb, dumbstruck and overwhelmed. Because you haven`t seen something like this in quite a while. I kid you not. I was starting to jiggle after “the concert” (AWESOME!) was over and the “slow” moment begun. I couldn`t resist. I had to. The “introduction” of “V” is in my view “teach that to everyone who wants to make a kickass movie”-material!

As a movie, I think it’s pretty good. I think it’s got moments of greatness, and I think it also misses some of the opportunites that it sets up. Overall, I think it’s a potent piece of SF that fits neatly into a tradition of films like PLANET OF THE APES and THE OMEGA MAN, movies that wear their earnest metaphors on their sleeves, totally obvious.

There are two performances that have to work if V FOR VENDETTA is going to deliver. The first is Evey, and as I said before, Natalie Portman does really nice work here. I know that James Purefoy was replaced during production, and that Hugo Weaving stepped in to play V. I’m not sure how much of what we see onscreen is Weaving, but the voice is his throughout, and he’s wonderful, commanding and playful and sad and angry in equal measure.

During Mariarty's report he claims that we can expect some negative reviews to come and uses Variety as an example.

To read the entire reviews of V for Vendetta, click on either of the orange links above.

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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