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Sunday, June 05, 2021


So I had seen/read about Natalie Portman shaving her head for her new movie role, and the shock value she was getting out of it.

What I didn’t know was that the movie role in question was Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that one of my favorite graphic novels ever was even being adapted for the big screen, much less being so close to completion (scheduled for release this coming November).

The rumblings are already starting about how much V is going to suck. Apparently, Alan Moore has already disassociated himself from the filmed version, which is good or bad depending on your faith in the adaptative process (and/or the faithfulness of the Wachowski Brothers).

I’ll reserve judgement, but given the circumstances, it won’t surprise me a bit to see this effort turn sour. Like most of Moore’s comic book works, the storyline is fairly complex, and takes full advantage of the comic book medium’s unique narrative presentation. Film is a wholly different medium; there’s simply no way to faithfully adapt some elements.

From Hell, another Moore adaptation, is Exhibit A for how to boil down a frighteningly effective graphic novel into a hacky piece of dreck. And similar circumstances seem to be in place this time around: A directing duo out of their element (the original storyline for V has practically nothing in common with The Matrix, hype to the contrary); an apparently dumbed-down (really, flattened-out) script; character modifications seemingly prompted only because of the high profile of the actor…

I’m not going to spend any more time trashing a movie that’s not even finished yet. Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be a worthy translation of a great graphic novel. But given Hollywood’s track record, I’m not holding my breath.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/05/2021 03:41:32 PM
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  1. From what I understand, they’re changing the plot from Britain-gone-totalitarian to Nazis-won-WW2, which would devestate the air around the comic, in my view. But at least they didn’t cast Miss Dunst as Evey, as was once rumored. Hopefully the context-change will prove to be equally erroneous.

    Comment by trumwill — 06/08/2021 @ 11:06:46 AM

  2. The only place I see mention of the WWII story is on IMDB, and they never check on that stuff this early in the production. Furthermore, the official site is sticking with the futuristic-totalitarian storyline. So I think the Nazis-winning thing is baseless.

    It would be puzzling move anyway. The original concept is already baffling enough for the average moviegoer; it doesn’t make sense to make that aspect more complicated.

    Regardless, it’s still looking grim.

    Comment by CT — 06/09/2021 @ 11:34:13 AM

  3. Ooooh, the site mentions Guy Fawkes. This is a very good sign. Sounds like the WW2 thing was bum information. Heavens I hope so.

    Comment by trumwill — 06/09/2021 @ 02:28:27 PM

  4. SUPER BLOW ADS

    The game is over, and a good one it was. Pittsburgh and Seattle delivered a most entertaining Super Bowl XL.
    Wish I could say the same about the game’s much-lauded commercial lineup.
    The rundown reviews abound, including superlative rankings …

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 02/06/2021 @ 03:00:53 PM

  5. A GROWN-UP HARRY POTTER (NOT A PRETTY SIGHT)

    I already knew that Alan Moore was trashing V for Vendetta, the film adaptation of his graphic novel. So the New York Times lowdown merely filled in some details for me.
    Still, it was a worthwhile read, thanks to Moore’s succinct self-portrait:…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 03/12/2021 @ 10:50:30 PM

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