In the Dark

Word Power

V for Vendetta
Produced and distributed by Warner Bros.
Directed by James McTeigue
Screenplay by Andy and Larry Wachowski

Thank You for Smoking
Produced by Room Nine Entertainment and ContentFilm
Written and directed by Jason Reitman from the novel by Chistopher Buckley
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

“Words will always retain their power.”  So says the mysterious and much-abused V (Hugo Weaving), the masked vigilante cum political terrorist who swashes about in V for Vendetta, first-time director James McTeigue’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s would-be subversive comic strip.  So take heed, all you high-schoolers.  This latest avatar of action antics believes in word power.  He is perfectly at home introducing himself to a startled young lady as

a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate.  This visage [he means his oversized-grin mask], no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished; a vital voice once venerated, now vilified. . . . Yet verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it is in my very great honor to meet you.

Whew!  That’s enough to get you through three SATs, at least...

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