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Thursday, March 16, 2006

A Vividly Vivacious and Voluptuous Volley of a Very Violently Fun Time

So, what have we learnt today?

V for VEXED.

Yes, I am a fanboy. Yes, I love comics. Wait. Let me rephrase that: Yes, I love graphic novels. Yes, I can sit down and JUST SIT DOWN (I'm a hyperactive guy anyway) and read and research and google the information processed into my brain if it was a graphic novel. Yes, there are times when comic book ideas surpass my puny understanding. Yes, Tomorrow Stories and Tom Strong and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen made me age beyond my years of story-telling.

Yes, I love Alan Moore's brain.

And I wish it was mine.

But THE WACHOWSKIS had to do it.

They were the guys who brilliantly created (or scoured from the many many sources of mankind, but ultimately, their hard work) The Matrix series, writers of the Burlyman comics' Shaolin Cowboy and Doc Frankenstein, and directors of the $4 million lesbian noir thriller Bound. In the mid-1990s, the Wachowski brothers wrote a screen adaptation of the graphic novel, before embarking on the Herculean task of filming the Matrix trilogy. With that, much hope was diminished from Alan Moore purists.

When I heard that the movie was in production (moreover, Natalie Portman was scheduled to play the lead female character) I quickly buzzed Danny - a quirky kid of 23 who takes regular doses of absinthe for lunch - to complete his Alan Moore collection of comics. We both have been fans of his work, his earlier work being LoEG (practically blew my mind when I was still learning to crawl in my comic infancy years), reducing our spree of monthly super hero comic books intake (eg: wham-kapow-snikt X-Men) to near zero. And then there was Fables.

But that's a different story.

So I read V. Had some thought provoking debates. Wrote a review. And then I waited for the fifth of November to come. It did come. But the freaking brothers had to postphone the release date and I, like the legion of V fans out there, had to continually bite our pillows.

Some time later, I procured tickets to the premier of V at a nearby cinema. Heading there without ANY expectations was good: I kind of enjoyed it. Prior to it, I read somewhere that Alan Moore doesn't condone the movie at all, upon reading the screenplay, blurted "it's rubbish."

Ironically, he said this about himself: "I was kind of a selfish child who always wanted things his way." Being the typical British that he is, he mentioned that the American film business "has distorted his writing beyond recognition." I am all out for copyright and intellectual property laws and V IS his brainchild, but he sold it to DC comics so the way he puts it, as though NOBODY else can make his books into movies, is kind of selfish. On the other hand, take LXG for example, I had to agree with Moore in this matter because the show really sucked. I remembered figuring during the dreadful movie that with the way Hollywood was heading; soon there will be Mr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde figurines floating in the market. And that was not good.

They can make X-Men figurines, but please oh please, for the love of God, do not make LXG figurines. And renaming LoEG as LXG? Shucks, for what? So that the bunch of misfit villians-now-man's-last-hopes would look "cooler"? Sheesh. Mr. director, if only you adhered to the main story and the dark way it was told, then there wouldn't be a slight potential for it to be not 'cool'.

I was going to agree with the writer, well, he is the writer after all, but I gave the brothers the benefit of the doubt. Just to see how good it was.

The word file below has some comparisons of the movie versus the graphic novel. And I do caution you if you haven't watched the movie, please, I WILL ruin it for you. Come back after watching the movie first hand.


So there you go, I did some research.

So the movie is already out. Originally slated for a 5th November 2005 release in the UK, to coincide with Guy Fawkes Night, it was postponed possibly due to the 7 July 2005 London Bombings, although producers denied this was the reason.

I came out respecting the Wachowskis for remaining mum over V's mystery. They respected Moore's and Lloyd's novel and prefered to hide V's horribly burned and disfigured face behind a mask that carries the visage of Guy Fawkes.

R for Reviews.

That's what we've learnt today.
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