Film Review: V for Vendetta

“A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having.” When “terrorist” V quotes Emma Goldman towards the end of V for Vendetta, it is a clear summation of the film. A mixture of liberal politics depicting a futuristic Earth where the government controls seemingly everything. Hard to imagine, huh?

Set in the United Kingdom in the not so distant 2020, V for Vendetta shows a world whose population is controlled by government fear. When V, a state labeled terrorist sporting a Guy Fawkes mask, starts making waves the government starts cracking down. Through a series of events a young woman named Evey, portrayed by Natalie Portman, is swept up into V’s antics and protected by the feared terrorist.

For an action film, V for Vendetta does not have much action. Meanwhile Portman’s overacting and put-on English accent makes her character unbelievable. This is one of those films where you know that the guy you are rooting for will win in the end. (Or will he?)

For those who are fans of action films, this comic book inspired film may please. For the rest of us, it is a mixed bag. While the film is increasingly relevant and the base concept has its strengths, the resulting film can be preachy and too glossy at times — even though the political scenario is, for the most part, plausible. V for Vendetta is a futuristic Beauty & the Beast set in a world of dangerous politics.


In a previous life, Corinne ran a music website. After going strong for a decade, the site went on a hiatus. Consider her the antiTastemaker.