|Remember, remember, the Fifth of November...
||[Mar. 22nd, 2006|02:49 pm]
|||||Hole - Live Through This||]|
You are all hereby instructed to go and see V for Vendetta, which I went to see last night on the spur of the moment with wormwood_pearl. Given the usual standard of adaptations of Alan Moore comics I was expecting a disappointment, but it's actually really good. Not perfectly faithful to the book, of course - they've simplified the plot a fair bit, changed a few plot twists and symbols and added others, altered the backstory to be consistent with real-world events since the comic was written, and removed or changed a few characters. But after getting over my initial reaction of "that's not how it happened!" I found that I actually liked a lot of the changes. In particular, I like what they've done to Gordon, and I love the ending. And the domino rally. Wonderfully visual. And most of my favourite bits of dialogue are still in the film, albeit not always in the same places.
I was amused and a bit saddened to see "Based on the graphic novel illustrated by David Lloyd" in the credits - hopefully Alan Moore will relent a bit after this, and get more involved in films of his books. I'm sure he could use the money. But then, if his views on integrity are even half as strong as they were when he wrote V, he probably won't.
Now, you know your duty. Go to it. England prevails.
[Update: according to Wikipedia, Alan Moore had seen the script, and said it had "plot holes you couldn't have got away with in Whizzer And Chips in the nineteen sixties." Oh well...]