V for Vendetta (2005)

In Amazing, film, future, political, Recommendation, Review, romantic on 05/11/2011 at 6:03 pm

Remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot.

I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.

V for Vendetta is a gorgeous tale inspired by the Gunpowder plot – when a Catholic called Guy Fawkes plotted assassinate the king by blowing up the House of Lords in 1605. Fawkes’ plan was thwarted, and since that day Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Night on 5 November by lighting bonfires and burning self-made Guy effigies (it is also said the word ‘guy’, meaning ‘oddly dressed male’ comes from this).

In V for Vendetta, the masked, knife throwing and poetic hero/terrorist/freedom fighter who calls himself V (Hugo Weaving) is the lone conspirator against a cruel, totalitarian British government. He comes to the rescue of Eve (Natalie Portman) who was cornered by ill-intentioned secret police ruffians called Fingermen, and thus Eve gets entangled in V’s plot against the terrible regime.

V’s cause is just, for who agrees with a government who subordinates its subjects like this one does? As the story unravels, it investigates the psychology of the masses (Why do people submit to oppression? When do they decide to stand up?) as well as the beliefs, motives and fears of the individual.  Meanwhile, V is one of the most hopelessly romantic as well as deeply tragic heroes and even Eve doesn’t ever get to see the face under the mask.

Great supporting roles are played by Stephen Fry as Eve’s colleague Dietrich, Stephen Rea as government baddie Finch and John Hurt as the embodiment of all evil: Chancellor Sutler. The dialogues in this film are especially stunning, and so is frankly everything else. A terribly entertaining good story, magnificently told.




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