I love this movie! No one, and I mean NO ONE, can change the way I feel about it. It’s not perfect, but in my mind, it deserves a spot up there with all the great movies. I can literally quote the movie word for word because for me, it’s a movie that I don’t mind watching over and over again.
The story is fairly simple and straightforward: in a time where a Fascist government rules the United Kingdom in the 2020’s, a rebel, known as V (Hugo Weaving), arises and opposes the government’s actions. Meanwhile, he acquaints himself with a woman called Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), who is unwilling to help at first but ultimately becomes an accomplice to V’s actions and realizes the truth as to why V is doing all of this.
Hugo Weaving was fantastic. I think this movie further proved that he is such a talented and skilled actor because, even though he is wearing a mask throughout the entire movie, he makes us understand V’s personality and way of thinking by the use of body language and that’s not an easy task to do. Moreover, his way of speaking and the accent just matched the character in a way I can’t describe at all.
The fight scenes are just sensational. I honestly didn’t expect much, but damn I was wrong. The final fight scene is so bloody and intense, your brain might overload and explode (a little too much exaggeration maybe?). I particularly liked Eric Finch (Stephen Rea), the detective in charge of the hunt for V. I liked him because he is sort of a “lost” character who doesn’t know who or what to believe. Although he is given the task to find V, he constantly keeps on questioning his superiors and ultimately finds a bitter truth. His execution was right on point. I don’t think that anyone can deny that this movie sends a message, and I don’t mean no cheesy Disney cartoon-like message, I’m talking serious shit here.
As you guys may or may not know, this movie is based on a graphic novel written by Alan Moore. Now I personally get really irritated by movies that don’t follow the book/comic they were based on; it just isn’t right for me. The differences are actually HUGE. Let’s start with the characters; in the novel, V is supposed to be a cold-blooded bastard who doesn’t give two shits about any innocent lives. Also, in the novel Evey is a timid young woman who was forced into prostitution. And the finale of the novel is nowhere near the finale of the movie. Moreover, the time that the novel was set it in was the 1990’s, whereas the movie is set in 2020’s! I really got annoyed by these facts, but what the hell, it was a good movie after all!
An awesome, philosophic, dramatic, symbolic movie that will change your outlook on a lot of things. V for Vendetta is a movie that gets better with age, like fine wine.
Take a Drink: every time you see the “V” sign
Take a Drink:every time V quotes something
Take a Drink: every time V kills somebody
Do a Shot: every time someone chants “remember, remember”