Yes, you guessed it – this is a movie review for V for Vendetta which I managed to watch over the weekend…
Movie: V for Vendetta
Tagline: Remember, remember the 5th of November.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Director: James McTeigue (this is his first film; was assistant director for Star Wars 2 & 3 as well as Matrix 2 & 3.)
Cast: Natalie Portman (Star Wars, Closer, Beautiful Girls), Hugo Weaving (Matrix, LOTR, Priscilla Queen of the Desert)
Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante known only as “V.” Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself–and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.Review:
This is one of the most anticipated films to be released this year and one starring the highly talented Natalie Portman. As my blog post title states, this movie is simply excellent. For those of you who may not be aware, this movie is produced by the Wachowski Brothers, who brought to us The Matrix trilogy. And, this movie is a reunion of sorts in that Agent Smith is back, in the form of Mr. V himself – yes, it’s Hugo Weaving aka Lord Elrond aka Priscilla. This is one really talented and versatile actor.
Anyway, back to the movie proper. The script is superb and wonderfully written. The dialogue is very witty and intelligent – although not a pre-requisite, having a considerable grasp of england (the english language) would be helpful, else you might be lost and confused. The action, well, there’s not enough of it and it’s just okay for me. But, being adapted from the comic strip of the 80s, this movie is very very smart, unpredictable, stylish and gripping right to the end. I couldn’t figure out the ending and it’s so totally unexpected. There are some twists here and there but nothing like the way M. Night Shyamalan does it. Still, you find yourself wanting to know more, wondering what comes next.
Weaving was the right choice for the role, IMHO (he was actually second choice). His presence, his voice, his charisma – it’s so…him.
And Portman, well, what can I say. Ever since I first saw her 10 years ago in Beautiful Girls I knew she was one talented kid. And she showed guts, too by having her head shaved off for the movie.
However, having said all that, this isn’t exactly a feel good, romantic cum action packed movie. Tis a very dark film and, in fact, rather political too, I might add. For those who are historically knowledgeable, the premise of this movie (and the comic) is based on Guy Fawkes’ (an English revolutionary) attempt at blowing up parliament house in the early part of 17th century England, hence the catchy tagline, “Remember, remember, the 5th of November”. There are many political connotations on display here and in particular, I rather enjoyed these lines from our masked hero, “People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of the people”, as well as, “A revolution without dance is a revolution not worth having.” Superb one liners galore, man! The movie’s central themes centre on the complexities of politics and the ideology behind people power as well as the ensuing anarchy resulting from the act of terrorism. Very heavy stuff.
The grand finale which is the ending is just poignant. Beautiful, touching, and powerful, no words were spoken. The moment just seizes itself… against the flash of fireworks and the blarring of Tsaikovski’s Overture…
Love it or hate it, this is one hell of a movie. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it deserves a big fat A+, IMHO of course. For now, I’ll just recoil in my post-climactic state until Da Vinci Code is released. Just 2 more months to go now… J