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March 24, 2006

When I first saw V For Vendetta in December, I wrote that it was a piece of cinematic dynamite; upon watching it again tonight, I realized that that its fuse is a bit damp.

My reaction this time around was decidedly mixed. "Ideas are bulletproof" says V at one point. Indeed they are, and indeed, I still love the ideas contained in the narrative, and find them in and of themselves inspiring; but their representation here is muddled and conflicted, rather than revolutionary in the pure sense that the filmmakers were striving for.

I'll be writing a longer piece on the film over the course of the weekend. In the meantime, make no mistake: I don't wish for a moment that the film be dismissed. There's much in good in it, and a few hints at greatness; more importantly, its purpose is engagement of a very strong sort, and that's an intent that should always be honored. I'm looking forward to discussing it.

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Don't forget to contribute something to AIVF. I'm broke, but still pitching in. I don't believe in karma, but I do put a lot of stock in good will, and that's something I couldn't count on it if I didn't help spread it myself.

Posted by David Lowery at March 24, 2006 01:06 AM

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