V for Vendetta (2006)
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.
Words cannot express how much i loved this movie. Despite not being entirely true to the graphic novel, this political action flick has truly impressed me.
James McTeigue brought the characters to life and did so in such an entertaining way. It’s about the small things like, the well choreographed fight sequences and decision to keep “one” mask and play with shadows to add “emotions” to V. It was darkly beautiful and embodied the message (of Alan Moore) quite well.
It had a great cast! Hugo Weaving, dubbing performance was astounding! The man is a thespian. He had me at his “introduction”. Whimsical and yet frighteningly brutal and cunning, V is a freakin’ badass.
Natalie Portman received multiple acclaims for her performance. And received media notoriety by shaving her hair off. There was never a doubt about her acting skills.
Veteran John Hurt adds the sleaziness of political power, and dictates his control of the masses with gusto and authority. The rest of the cast were amazing as well, The UK stars came out and showed their acting swag. An almost perfect ensemble.
This film does have it’s holes and weaknesses, but the overall enjoyment and underlying issues are stupendous, and thought provoking. Leading some of us to think about our our countries political structure and adding some color to (currently) conspiracy theories.
TRIVIA: The original comic series was originally created by Alan Moore. However, following his negative experience with From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Moore decided to reject all money and credit from Hollywood on any adaptations of his work. Thus, he gave all the money he would’ve gotten to the artist who drew the character with him, and rejected his own “created by” credit from the film. And V’s cause was anarchy, not freedom.
“I am a god fearing man” says Roger Allam, which also connects current issues about separation of church and state. FEAR, is the enemy. Get over fear and win your freedom!
*And on a personal note, i think this is the best The Wachowski Brothers has presented. I love their films, but this had more to it. More so because i live in a country that overcame an infamous Martial Law dictatorship.
This is one of those films that definitely belongs in my Top 10 Comic Book Movies!
“Remember, remember the 5th of November.”