Everything Wrong With V for Vendetta Comes Out One Day Too Early
"Remember, remember, the fifth of November." Or fourth. Whatever.
First, yes, this video is too long at 18 minutes. I might forgive it if there were just so many egregious flaws that they couldn't contain themselves, but a lot of these sins are nitpicky. Which I know is the point, but 18 minutes. The video is at its best when it launches substantive criticisms that also have the benefit of being funnier, like when it lambasts the movie for its cliches:
"Green wire or red wire cliche."
"Mom gets killed or captured while kid hides under the bed cliche."
"You can't have a corrupt priest character without sickening sexual appetites."
"Camera lingers on probably guilty person way too long."
A few things we disagreed with, to varying degrees:
"Uses every V word in the English language except for 'vagina.'" Do they have any reason to use the word vagina?
Making fun of product placement is usually a relatively cheap shot, unless it's as egregious as Transformers, but it was funny that their product placement was not only blatant, but terrible, since the TV had static in an important scene, with the company's logo prominently displayed. Corporations can't even ruin movies right.
"There is something terribly wrong with this country." "Movie dialogue doubles as honest assessment of America, and pretty much every other country in existence. Except Canada. They've got sh*t figured out." Completely agree, but is this a sin? I'm confused.
"Director obviously had a quibble with the prop master about what qualifies as 'enough books.'" False. There can never be enough books.
Here are some of the funniest lines from the video:
"Antihero arrives and alliterates annoyingly to authenticate aptitude at alliteration."
When Natalie Portman confesses her sins to the priest, they dub over her dialogue: "Anywhere But Here, Where the Heart Is, the Star Wars prequels, No Strings Attached, those Thor movies." I thought the first Thor was charming, and have an embarrassing soft spot for Where the Heart Is, but the point is well-taken.
On Evey forgetting a movie that came out in 2015 in the movie's futuristic timeline: "But I guess it was easy to forget after it lost Best Picture to Fifty Shades of Grey."
Although I don't think the movie is completely condoning V torturing and essentially brainwashing Evey, I agree that it's too close to condoning it for comfort.
Anti-highlight: Realizing that you've passed the acceptable length of a Youtube video, and Evey isn't even bald yet.