V for Vendetta
I just saw V for Vendetta this afternoon, and I loved it. I was hopeful, but cautiously so, going in; I loved the first Matrix movie when I first saw it, tolerated the second, and hated the third so much it made me rethink my appreciation of the first one. (For those who don’t know, V for Vendetta was produced and written by The Wachowski Brothers, who wrote and directed the three Matrix films.) V for Vendetta was not only frightening and disturbing, and ultimately stirring and triumphant; it was surprisingly moving. Sure, Hugo Weaving plays the whole movie in a mask, but Keanu Reaves plays every movie that way. (That’s not quite fair; he was actually pretty good as a scary redneck in The Gift.) Anyway, go see it on the big screen. At a time when both Justice Ginsburg and former Justice O’Connor are intimating that we are seeing the beginnings of a dictatorship, it’s a must-see.