My husband will probably think I’m silly for posting this review, but I can’t help it. His all time favorite movie is Boondock Saints which I do enjoy mainly because of how attractive Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery are, and William Dafoe’s acting is amazing as well. But no movie in my mind trumps V for Vendetta!
***Be Advised: SPOILERS!***
As my all time favorite film, it delivers in every way!
“There are no coincidences, only the illusion of coincidences.” – V For Vendetta
The cinematography is absolutely beautiful! The way they use lighting in certain settings creates the mood in which the viewer is forced to feel. The dark alley in which we first see the true fear instilled in the heroine, Every, and the anti-villain, V, perfectly lit to highlight only the actors in their moments of dialog. The uplighting within the “Shadow Gallery”, spotlighting the pieces of “reclaimed” art. The final fight scene in one of the underground train tunnels with the use of the flashlights mounted to the military men’s weapons to direct our gaze to the center of the screen. Not to mention the choreography in which the beautifully lit and perfectly set scene contained.
“A building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world.” – V for Vendetta
The story is based on a graphic novel which I have yet to read, but as I understand it, the movie does capture the novel perfectly. As I mentioned, Evey is a scared young woman, scarred by the loss of her family at the hand of the fascist government who meets a man with an idea to change the world. His plan unfolds as he embodies the long past ideas of Guy Fawkes to blow up Parliament and bring down the dictatorship regime. But his reasons for overthrowing the overpowered administration are far more involved than that of Guy Fawkes.
“Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.” – V for Vendetta
He was used in experimenting a virus in which the government turned on its people in secret, killing one-hundred thousand people, then released a cure to stop it which they controlled and held stock in the pharmaceutical company. The experiments left him with no identity and heightened strength, but he suffered extreme burns over his entire body during his escape, thus the mask and full body covering. He then decides on vengeance, a vendetta he holds against those in power that did it to him.
“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh Mr. Creedy. Beneath this mask there is an idea. And ideas are bulletproof.” – V for Vendetta
Then there is the romance aspect of it which you really have to pay attention to find. It comes full force and to a head in the final scene where V tells Evey everything he owns, including the train that would be sent to blow up parliament is hers. Evey begs him to stay, but V felt he had to face his makers. Evey kisses his mask in the most heartbreaking truth that he could never be what she needed. Oh, tragic!
“I told you, only truth. For 20 years, I sought only this day. Nothing else existed… until I saw you. Then everything changed. I fell in love with you Evey. And to think I no longer believed I could.” – V for Vendetta
Now we come to the actors, and excuse me while I fan girl for a moment. Natalie Portman is my woman crush, and the way she portrays this character is amazing! Her fear at the beginning when she first meets V then while she is in the dungeon being tortured. You could literally feel her pain throughout the scenes! She completely nailed it with those big brown eyes and shaven head! Even bald she’s gorgeous!
“Because he cared more about revenge than he did about her.” – V for Vendetta
And then we have Hugo Weaving. I swear I have the most amazing love/hate relationship with this man. It is hard to believe that V is played by the same man who infamously said, “Mr. Anderson” so many times throughout The Matrix. Darn, Agent Smith! He was an amazing villain in those movies, so I guess it isn’t so far-fetched that he would be an amazing anti-villain as well. His character V is by far one of the most defined I have ever seen! Not to mention the scene he introduced himself! All those words beginning with V in such an emotional dialog! He absolutely made the movie!
“VoilÃ ! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. [carves ‘V’ into poster on wall] The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.” – V for Vendetta
And since this post has gone way longer than I intended, I’ll just leave this last quote here, and be on my way!
“People should not be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of their people.” – V for Vendetta