Sunday, March 19, 2006

V For Vendetta

screenplay: andy & larry wachowski (the matrix trilogy)
based on characters created by alan moore & david lloyd
cast: natalie portman, hugo weaving, stephen rea, john hurt

why oh why do the best and most heroic characters always come from comic books? we have batman, a millionaire philanthropist by day and a crime-fighting vigilante by night; we have spiderman who, after indirectly causing the death of his uncle ben after electing not to use his special gifts decides to fight evil as he realizes that “with great power comes great responsibility”; there’s the man without fear from hell’s kitchen, daredevil aka matt murdock, the brilliant blind lawyer who offers legal counsel and defends in court the underdogs or those abused by influential people with powerful allies; there’s frank castle, the punisher who, after experiencing the murder of his entire family decides to take the law into his hands, become a full-time vigilante as well as establishing himself as judge, jury and executioner when he kills those who sell illegal drugs and guns for a living; there’s the mutant group x-men who, despite being the subject of animosity of homosapiens continue protecting the very people that hate them. i could go on but my discussion of superheroes would supercede my movie review.

now here comes v, a potential statistic used by the british government for biological warfare experimental purposes, a virtual unknown and non-person, a sample of society’s rejects, and more importantly someone who dares show a country controlled and manipulated by an elitist regime that one man can make a difference. though he can easily be pigeonholed as a man out for vengeance when he picks off with careful premeditation all his former persecutors, he actually has the higher goal of changing the current state of affairs in his country. is he offering a change for the better? not necessarily. but he gives that important HOPE that change CAN be for the better by eradicating the current status quo.

the movie began by stating that though individual persons eventually die, individual ideas of people do not have to share the same fate. they can live on from one generation to the next. i find this very apt as ideas do live on in books, music and movies long after writers, singers and actors have passed on.

rating: 5 of 5 stars * * * * *
an inspiringly idealistic movie.


rob said...

The reason I want to watch this movie was because it was made by the Wachowski brothers of The Matrix fame. If this was just one fifth as good as the original Matrix movie, then it would be worth the price of the admission.

So I have high expectations if and when I watch this. I have a feeling I'll either be pleased or very disappointed.

rmacapobre said...

it is set in england. there was mention of the united states and what had gone wrong with it. the beginning was well executed. it briefly paints the big picture, of the state having a nearly complete control over its citizens lives. starting with the media. totalitarianism, which i observe parallels many conservative sentiments, hides under the guise of urgency and moral standing, but is in fact invasive and oppressive. it reminds me of hitler and germany.

i thought to come up with something, maybe an obvious list of parallels between v and eveys character, that i havent found mentioned in other reviews. v and eveys character are distinct and complementary from/of each other.

1. v is fire. evey is water.
2. v is revenge. evey is healing.
3. v is destructive. evey is creative.
4. v is beginning. evey is the ending.
5. v is dark, pain, ugly. evey is pure, light, and beautiful.

the language used in the film was poetry. this is another unique admirable quality about v the hero that sets him apart from other super heroes. he is a connoisseur of the arts and music. he speaks shakespeare.