Faithful Assistant actually had the two men beside her get up and leave after 35 minutes, because of the "politics". Which, all in all, was a good thing, because they were talking nonstop, and were therefore fuckwits.
So it has come to our attention that some people are not able to get past the "politics" of V and enjoy the flick. Which is odd, as the "politics" consist pretty much of "Fascism is bad." I'm not one to make blanket judgements, but you cannot simultaneously root for Luke Skywalker and be offended at V without revealing something ... curdled in your understanding of your self and your relation to the world around you.
But, for our friends who find it absolutely ridiculous that a Western government would suspend posse comitatus, set up secret prisons, engage in torture and attempt sexual/cultural control, please substitute the following monologue for Natalie Portman's opening speech:
"In the year 2015, the Vartususians came.
Led by the United States, the world fought against the alien invaders bravely. But their Quadtronic Quantum Tambabulator technology was too much for us.
The aliens are gone now, off to enslave other worlds. But they left behind a government of cowardly collaborators, all implanted with alien brain-parasites. The traitors to the human race now rule the earth at their galactic masters' command. The people are too timid to rise up, as they believe the human government is there to protect them from the Vartusians.
If only someone, someone who'd read, say, a lot of Thomas Jefferson, would lead the fight."
There. There will still be a few rough edges, but you can zip past them thoughtlessly enough.