:: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 ::

Drowning in Berlin?

v for vendetta poster

So the V for Vendetta film has had its premiere in Berlin.

Early reviews are mixed...some bad, some not so bad. Four stars out of five in Empire, although I find Empire generally pretty soft.

There is an interesting interview with original V artist David Lloyd (how come Marvel have never revived Night Raven?) here. He puts minds at rest somewhat calling the film "a terrific piece of cinema from a good script". Particularly on one important point:

"AD: The home-grown British fascists of the comic have been replaced in the film by German Nazis having won World War II. But might this miss the point that fascism, totalitarianism, loss of freedom can happen anywhere - even here... ?

DL: Now that question is based on believing a rumor to be true. Because I know info gets around the web very quickly, I figured that once someone had read the script of V - which apparently many now have - all old rumors would be squashed. Obviously not. The point has been kept."

Good, this was one of the most important points about V. Firstly the story arose from the politics of the late 70's and early 80's where we had seen the rise of reaction, both in the form of organised fascists in the street and the right-wing Tory government of Thatcher. It is no coincidence that the ruling party in V is called Norse Fire (NF you see...).

As I have said before there are plenty of types in the ruling class in Britain who would not hesitate to impose a 'patriotic government to save Britain' if they thought it necessary.

One fringe example is now in a jail in Austria (favourite blog reaction from Warren Ellis 'Ha Ha Ha Fuck You'.)

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Actually, as Moore and Lloyd started V in the early 80s, there was a tangible example close to hand, what with the stories going around about potential coups in the mid-70s to overthrow the Wilson government in the name of patriotism.

I've still only seen trailers for it, but I'm still hopeful it could be good (probably not as good as the original, but there's hope and then there's blind optimism) not least because the casting seems to be right for the characters.

By Blogger Nick, at 2:35 pm  

Well it can't be any worse than LXG or Constantine...or can it?

I mean at least Keanu's not in V.

By Blogger Alister, at 3:17 pm  

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