V is for . . .V for Vendetta
turns out to be a much better and more thought-provoking movie than you would suspect from its Hollywood wrapper. The central conceit of the vigilante in the Guy Fawkes outfit works better on film than it ever did in the comic. The image always put me off the comic. In the film, though, the mask becomes a living thing of light and shadow, tilting and turning to catch the light and the camera's eye. I can only wonder how much time Hugo Weaving spent wearing the mask, practicing his movements before a mirror.