Arensky, I was on my way to a funeral with a bunch of relatives, and someone was talking about movies, and out of the blue, my nephew said that he likes the V for Vendetta movie too. So I rented it last night. Kind of intense. The music director (forgot his name) sure had a different approach in this movie. I guess he didn't have to compose all of the music as he used the 1812 and Stan Getz/Jobim music.
The story line reminded me of Phantom of the Opera, which I love. Phantom probably appeals to women and V more to men, I think. Anyway, it's fun to see which movies people like. It shines a little light on their personality.
Sorry about the funeral. That's never fun.
The music in "V" is definitely focused on the source music (music that occurs as part of the action) but there are some subtle touches you hardly notice (a sure sign of good scoring); the prison cell, the actress' flashback. A lot of what I call "piano death music", soft dissonant new agey chord writing. Of course what we remember are 1812 and the 50's cocktail jazz while he cooks breakfast...
It's very like the "Phantom". I think you're right, guys prefer a man of action like V to a keyboard playing recluse like the Phantom. It's just the way we are.