quite a charming fellow, isn't he?

V for Vendetta (2005)

V for Vendetta (2005)
V for Vendetta (2005) DVD/Blu-Ray

By: Ahmed Almatrook (Two Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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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.

A Toast 

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.

Quite a charming fellow, isn't he?
Quite a charming fellow, isn’t he?

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.

Honey I'm home!! Or am I?
Honey I’m home!! Or am I?

Beer Two

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!

Verdict

2beers

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.

Drinking Game

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”

About Ahmed Almatrook

Movie Buff residing in the small island of Bahrain. Still trying to figure out my Top 200 greatest movies of all time. Classic horror movie freak. Eager to review whatever movie I watch. I practically live at the cinema. Please feel free to comment on my posts. Movieboozer is a humor website and drinking games are intended for entertainment purposes only, please drink responsibly.

4 comments

  1. V for Vendetta is one of my all time favourite movies. A great story, brilliantly scripted and well acted. Personally I thought it worked better in the not too distant future setting as it was easier to connect it to our own modern world. As a ‘what if’ film this is magnificent.

  2. So do people have to drink when I day from taking so many shots?

  3. Yeah… we should rein that in a bit (even though, of course, this is all for satire purposes).

  4. Being British I love this film, I was of course hoping it would inspire people in England to stand up and stop taking crap from a very corrupt government system, then I realised we are British, we dont do that sort of thing!!

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