Last Wednesday I saw V For Vendetta for the second time and I have to say, it’s even better and harder hitting on repeat viewings. Once you’ve seen the film and know how things turn out, on a second trip certain scenes and images are even harder hitting than they were the first time and your appreciation for how the film plays out grows. I’m not giving anything away by saying that the section of the film where Natalie Portman‘s head is shaved is absolutely brutal on a second viewing. I also want to correct something I said in my earlier review of the film.
Portman comes alive in the last third of the film, her expressive eyes made all the more so by the lack of hair (also, you must dig the pixie cut she’s sporting these days!). Her role is indeed underwritten and I wish they’d made her character a little less milquetoast-ey. I realize it helps the plot along to have her work at BTN and that she needed to be scared and timid for the third act to work, but something bugged me about her character and it would take a radical re-working of the screenplay to fix it, I think. All in all, it didn’t bother me that much.
In my next post? I take some critics to task for their rather self-important, snobby and flat out incorrect reviews of V For Vendetta.