Over the weekend, I was able to carve out some time to go to the movies, actually 2 movies, V for Vendetta & The Libertine. I am only going to discuss 1 of the 2 & that will be V for Vendetta because it was awesome & because The Libertine has to be one of the worst movies to be released since ever.
I was stopped for speeding & ticketed on the way to the movies so I missed the intro, which seemed really interesting as they portrayed Guy Fawkes & the Gun Powder Plot (1605).
Behind the Story / Story Synopsis:
V for Vendetta is/was a ten-issue comic book limited series originally published between 1982 and 1985, in black and white, later collected as a graphic novel, written by Alan Moore and illustrated mostly by David Lloyd, set in a dystopian future United Kingdom where a mysterious anarchist works to destroy the fascist government and profoundly affects the people he encounters.
The series is set in an alternative-future Britain where nuclear weapons have been removed from the country following a victory for Labour in 1983, sparing it from nuclear attack in a limited nuclear war that left the country mostly physically intact. An extreme fascist single-party state has arisen, called Norsefire, that maintains control of the country through food shortages (arising during the nuclear winter), government controlled media, secret police, a planned economy, and concentration camps for racial and sexual minorities.
There is an emphasis on technology, especially closed-circuit television monitoring in the mode of George Orwell’s 1984. When the series begins, political conflict has ended, the death camps have finished their work and have been closed, and the public is largely complacent, until “V” — an anarchist terrorist dressed as Guy Fawkes, mask and all, with an improbable array of abilities and resources — begins an elaborate, violent, and theatrical campaign to bring down the government.
V himself is something of an enigma, whose history is only hinted at; it is strongly suggested that he is physically and mentally abnormal. The bulk of the story is told from the viewpoints of other characters: V’s admirer and apprentice Evey, a sixteen-year-old match factory worker; Eric Finch, a world-weary and pragmatic policeman who is hunting V; and several contenders for power within the fascist party. V’s destructive acts are morally ambiguous, and a central theme of the series is the rationalisation of atrocities in the name of a higher goal, whether it is stability or freedom. The character is a mixture of an actual advocate of anarchism and the traditional stereotype of the anarchist as a terrorist and advocate of anarchy in the sense of chaos.
Back to Me:
The movie stars Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith from the Matrix) as V & Natalie Portman as Evey. I found the movie to be visually appealing & very energetic. I was at the 2:45pm show & it was packed & I think everyone was just about on the edge of their sets until the phenomenal ending. Usually when I am watching a movie with English cast, I have problems catching on to the lingo, but not in this case. I will not be spoiling the movie for you but I will say that it has one of the BEST movie ending crescendos ever!
The movie was produced by the infamous Wachowski Brothers, so you know it has to be good hands down, especially if you were a Matrix fan. On another note, I just read that Larry Wachowski is working toward becoming a woman (transgender). I was tripped out by that but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do (read more on this here).
The bottom line is, this is a flawless adaptation & a damn good movie so worth the 2 hours. View the movie trailer here (Windows Media 300K).
Info Credit: Wikipedia