V for Vendetta (2005)

Fun Fact: Apparently NyQuil lasts like 12 hours even if you sleep 8 of those because I feel WEIRD as hell and I took NyQuil at like 8am this morning after coughing myself awake and even sleeping until 4 didn’t help.

Alas, have a movie review as I try to cut into the list that’s built up!

V for Vendetta (2005)
 Dir. James McTeigue
 Writ. Andy Wachowski
 Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
 Rated R
 132 mins.
 Action, Thriller, Dystopia
 IMDB: 8.2

This is one of my favorite movies ever. I know I say that a lot, but this time it HAS to be said.

I’m not the biggest fan of Dystopia, as we’ve discovered before, but this time, it does it right. V for Vendetta is based on the Alan Moore comic of the same name that came out in the 80s and is set in a dystopian future built off of what Moore imagined could happen to Britain in the wake of the Cold War.

The movie is different in a lot of ways and the same in a lot of ways, but most significantly, the movie is made and set in a post-9/11 world. V for Vendetta stars Hugo Weaving as V, the terrorist/freedom fighter (depending on who is asked) with no other identity besides the letter V and a violent revenge drive to take out the people who tortured him and others. He and his trusty companion Evey Hammond, played by the beautiful, incredible, super talented Natalie Portman (Still crossing my fingers to be her wife one day, just saying) do their part to take down the oppressive Norsefire party facists who are controlling Britain with an iron fist of controlling oppression.

This movie has it all. It has incredible acting (I can’t think of a single bad actor in the whole lot of them), an amazing pace that never gets boring even as it slows down, freaking AMAZING cinematography that includes vibrant reds with muted other colors, incredible comic-book-slow-mo fight scenes, and it also has INCREDIBLE writing.

While many of the most amazing quotes are direct from the Alan Moore comic, the movie utilizes them all and the actors, mostly Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman, deliver them in a way that is just astonishingly good. The whole tone of the movie is changed without changing the lines and, for a lot of it, the scene blocking, from the comics. It’s amazing what motivation and delivery can change.

One thing that isn’t really relevant to the review, but is utterly amazing, is the way that this movie is what really brought the idea of the Guy Fawkes mask as a symbol of revolution and resolve to not back down from oppression to life. Today we have groups like anonymous that use the Guy Fawkes mask as their identifier and it’s really all thanks to this movie. V in the movie is unlike V in the comic. In the comic V is a crazy terrorist whose whole goal is to have anarchy, but in the movie, V becomes a freedom fighter who is trying to free the people and bring down the oppressors. Alan Moore distanced himself from the movie citing this change as something he hated, but honestly? I think it’s clear the movie has had much more of an influence than the comics did.

I adore this movie. There is nothing else to be said about it, really.

My Rating: 9/10

About J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.
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