This weekend I went to see the Wachowski Brothers' version of Alan Moore's classic V For Vendetta and I've got to say it's my favorite comic book adaptation to date. It might be because V For Vendetta is my favorite comic book of all time as well. Hugo Weaving plays the central character with more grace and emotion than I would have ever thought possible for a character with no facial expression. Natalie Portman is also a treat. But the real star of the film is the eerily familiar London of Moore's future.
I won't give away too much of the film, because I think everyone should see it. Suffice to say that it's a popcorn entertainer of the highest caliber and manages to squeeze in lots of political commentary and dark futuristic extrapolation between the exciting action bits.
It's kind of nauseating that with just a few minor changes a story criticizing the Thatcher and Reagan administrations and their neo-fascist tendencies is still, or maybe more than ever, absolutely relevant to our political situation. One of the most important tenets of the story is that when fascist dictatorships take control of societies, the citizenry are the ones most responsible. That's certainly true of our unique political situation today.
Hopefully some of the kids that see this movie will realize some of the things that are happening in their own lives and will feel compelled to do something about it.