March 27th, 2006


V for Vendetta

Lut and I saw the film "V for Vendetta" on Sunday. I'd already heard that Alan Moore had trashed the script, and it got a mediocre review in the local paper. So I didn't have high hopes for it. Still, we like action films and gave it a shot.

As we left the theatre, I said to Lut, "Well, it was better than I expected it to be."

I started to write up a review of the film, and found it morphing into a critical analysis of both the film and the graphic novel. Then I realized something: yes, I'd like to write a critical analysis of the film and the graphic novel. But that's not what I really want to tell you.

What I want to tell you is: "V for Vendetta" is the best comic book I've ever read, and I've read thousands of comic books. It's over twenty years old and it's still in print, with good reason.

Go see the mediocre film if you must. It's an okay movie; not as good as the first Matrix film but better than its sequels.

But please, please, read the graphic novel. It's a remarkable work on so many levels, a true gem of its field. Thoughtful, hard-edged, tightly plotted and masterfully crafted from beginning to end.

I'll give you all a couple of weeks to read it. Maybe then I'll post my critical analysis. ;)