A shadowy freedom fighter known only as “V” uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.
It is difficult for me to even begin a post on V for Vendetta because every time I watch it, I get something different out of it. The only part of the film experience that does not change is how much I really enjoy it.
I first viewed this film during my sophomore year of college as a requirement for a Science Ficion class. Before this course, I thought that Science Fiction and I did not get along. When I heard the term, my mind would immediately go to cheesy aliens and some sort of weird, echoey music.
I was totally wrong and that class, with the help of this movie, made me see that.
I now am quite an avid SF fan. I even let that TV show, Battlestar Galactica, take over my life for about a month and a half (and I don’t regret that…mostly). If the me of 4 years ago could have seen the reading list of the me today, she would feel confused and appalled. Whatever.
V for Vendetta is on my top 5 movies of all time list. In fact, it is so sturdily on that list that I don’t anticipate seeing it bumped off any time soon. I think it has that place of honor because it satisfies both parts of the film-viewer in me: it is smart enough and has such beautiful cinematography that is makes me truly examine the film and think about it while being action-packed, emotional, and at points absurdly funny enough that I am entertained.
Things I Love:
- V’s character and his lair
- “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. ” -V
- Natalie Portman. She got some serious acting skills, as I already covered in my post on Black Swan.
- The domino montage about 3/4 through the movie
- The colors of the film- it is very dark, but certain colors repeat and stand out
Things I’d Change:
- Sometimes the film is unnecessarily confusing. I didn’t notice this myself, but when I taught this to high-school students, I found that there are an abundance of names and places that could have been consolidated without losing any of the film’s meaning.
- The fact that there is no sequel. I want one.
You need to be in the right mood to sit down and watch a movie like this. When you find yourself in a mood for a film that is dark and serious and beautiful, have this on hand.
Have these on hand too.
Read on for the recipe…