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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hollywood's RDB

Watched 'V for Vendetta'. Decent entertaining movie. It is based on a graphic novel released by DC Comics.

I can't help but think of it as Hollywood's 'Rang De Basanti'. I know that graphic novel fans will be offended that I compared it to RDB and RDB fans will be offended that I compared it to a graphic novel. But seriously, consider the similarities.

Both movies are about citizen vigilante-ism. Both movies decry government cover-ups. Both movies feature parallels with historic figures. And so on an so forth. I feel too lazy to list down further similarities, so make up your own.

Of course VFV is a lot more entertaining than RDB. And of course "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." is a much more pithy and meaningful line than the infuriatingly childish "Koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota. Usey perfect banana padta hai."

One sad fact that I noticed about the movie is that another beauty has been lost to the dark forces of anorexia. Natalie Portman who used to be a normal well-rounded beauty has gone the starvation army way and looks like a skeleton with a face lift. It all started with the luscious Cameron Diaz who has never looked as ravishing as she did in Mask, thanks to being captured by the dark forces.

I fear the next victim will be Scarlett Johansson. Sob!