While the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis dismisses “Vendetta” as mere kitsch “corporate bread-and-circus entertainment,” I can’t but help see the film as revolutionary — not in form, of course, which Dargis rightfully resists — but in its blatant disregard for right-wing American values (from blind patriotism to conventional sexuality). I’ve contributed my own missive on the “Vendetta” debate at Alternet.org.
Here’s a sampling: “In perhaps the most glaring and controversial example of Hollywood’s refusal to toe the Bush party line, “Vendetta’s” hero is a terrorist — a violent rebel on a mission to destroy his corrupt government in a blaze of explosives. Is this irresponsible? Does it glamorize terrorism? Perhaps. But for many progressives, whose anti-war protests have fallen on deaf ears and whose activism has been squashed by the powers-that-be, “V for Vendetta” should feel almost cathartic.”