Sunday, August 20, 2006

V for Vendetta

Visited my sister on saturday as I have not seen her since her return from uganda. Nice to catch up and hear about her time at an orphanage out there. We watched v for vendetta, which I had previously seen on the plane on the way to israel/palestine, and thought it would be good to see on a larger screen. I'd initially meant to go and see it with v when it was on in the cinema, but we never got round to it. The film is one that I wouldn't mind seeing repeatedly, not least because natalie portman stars, but also for the storyline, set in a state ruled by fear. It portrays an england in the future which has come under the rule of a dictator, voted democratically into power by a nation in fear from groups within society they don't understand. (A fear that later turns out to have been fabricated by the party itself). A dictatorship that brings peace and order, but at the cost of many lives, especially of those 'undesirables' the homosexuals, the immigrants. A power fuelled by hate and fear is ultimately defeated by the seed of an idea. An idea to overthrow and start afresh, an idea that if grasped by many can succeed as an idea cannot be killed. Of course there are many parallels, and it is why i think this storyline works well on many levels.


Alastair said...

i agree (you will no doubt be overjoyed to know!) this film bears repeated watching and is a great storyline - with plenty to think about, a bit like the first Matrix movie.

The most disturbing thing was the story of a dictator rising to power on the platform of 'security' - some scary parallels there, methinks.

Quite funny how the USA was written out of the story completely because it was in such a mess! Unlike many Hollywood movies 'America' doesn't get to save the day!

felicity said...

i was disapointed with the film, mainly because at the time i had just finished reading the graphic novel. plotline is pretty similar, but the characters have been watered down and americanised. the novel is infinitely darker but also has just as many humourous bits as the film. the original novel was written at the height of thatcherism and the slight depressive state of the nation is reflected well - hence the lack of reference to USA. but having said all of that, i may have to get a copy on dvd and give it a second look.