Led by director James McTeigue, V for Vendetta is overflowing with action and adventure, made to keep you on your toes. The 2006 flick is somewhat complex, but its political and romantic storylines are interesting and entertaining. Together Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving will stop at nothing until the people of London, understand the deceitfulness, lies, and hardship the English parliament has caused them.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”
The movie starts of with this quote, and practically throughout the entire film, we can see re-enactment on what happened on the 5th of November, when a man named Guy Fawkes brought the gunpowder into the tunnels, in an attempt to blow it up he was caught, and executed. This takes place at the very beginning of the movie.
I saw this film twice: once in class and a second time at home. I’ve got to admit that I got much more out of this film seeing it a second time. At first, the film seemed long, boring, and way to complicated.
V for Vendetta is set in London that has been taken over by a fascist mean and manipulative dictatorship. This government survives on the fears of its citizens to keep them in order. The story follows a young woman named Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) who meets the so called terrorist V (Hugo Weaving) in an alley, as he plans to bring down the fascist government with madness ,sabotage and the assinations of important vital members of parliament. He believes this will in fact “change” government.
The movie begins as Evey, (Natalie Portman) is rescued by V from a group of men in a dark alley, just as they were about to rape her. V, then takes Evey away to see his “show” on the rooftops, little does she know, she is about to witness the demolition of The Old Bailey, London’s town symbol. V is sure that blowing up buildings can fix parliaments problems. V makes a promise that, after the destruction of The Old Bailey building, that on the next November the 5th, he will continue in the footsteps of Guy Fawkes and blow up Parliament.
The government in V for Vendetta can be compared to Nazi Germany, with its flag symbols and many evil dictators. To me, V for Vendetta is a film based on “the right” What does a government really do if they are never questioned; if citizens just accept everything they tell us or do. Although this movie is obviously fake it makes us think about our own “problems” with society and the government that leads us.
“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”- V.
On the other hand V for Vendetta is a just a movie that should have of made you think? As it made me think. Which I believe was exact intent of the film, to make you think. People need to decide for themselves: Is V a hero or terrorist? Is what he’s doing right or wrong?
I believe Natalie Portman’s performance as Evey is very well played out. Basically, she starts out as an unsure young woman, somewhat frightened of life. Throughout the course of the film, she gains an inner strength and is shaped into a person very mush like V. She becomes a strong, confident, and direct force focused on changing the world for the better, and no longer burdened by fear.
Chancellor Sutler, the “leader” of the government on the other hand is mean, manipulative, and runs a corrupt government. He only appears on the television during the movie. Sutler, whom I believe is more like the modern day Hitler, believes in a total dictatorship. Sutler, who was the leader in the so called nuclear “war” years ago , was held responsible for ruining and killing the lives of innocent immigrants, muslims, and homosexuals, sending them to concentration camps. These crimes against humanity were unknown to the citizens of London.
However, it is V who stands out, although his face is very well hidden by a Guy Fawkes mask the entire movie .He is a very intellectual man whose signature musical interests throughout the film include Beethoven’s 5th symphony. I found myself rooting for the guy and his cause, although he is a “terrorist.” It makes someone reconsider exactly what a terrorist is?
The movie also emphasizes some romantic aspects as well. One between Valerie and Ruth, two lesbian’s lovers torn away by the government and eventually killed. And the other with Evey and V. In my opinion their relationship is not one of sexual feelings, but more of a kinship between two individuals who feel, love and act very similar. Evey grows to love V, because he makes her see who she really is. Fearless. She admitted to V that her fear has taken over her and when he takes it away, well that opens a new window in her life.
While the middle and the end of the movie are somewhat slow, it has its times where it picks up and gets good, but not too much. The last part of the film comes through with the visuals and action sequences that are actually, in my opinion really good. Audiences should definitely be prepared to be entertained, but also do a little bit of thinking too.
I also like the interesting use of music. The music used over the scene of the Old Bailey courthouse being destroyed, is great and adds the entire effect to the moment . As a huge fan of the stones I especially loved the song being played in the ending credits “Street Fighting Man” which is a very political song about anti-war. Also, the music that comes out of V’s jukebox is wonderful stuff. I really love the tune that they eventually dance to “Cry Me a River”, because all this point it shows the kind of love V has for Evey, and how he is longing to share a dance with someone.
In the end, V succeeds in his attempts to blow up Parliament, but not without cost. Evey is forced to lay V’s lifeless body into the stack of explosives inside a train that is to be sent under Parliament. This train is then wired to explode under Parliament, and therefore, ignite the revolution V dreamed about.