I really don’t like going to the movies. In fact, there are only 2 types of films which I will go see at the theater–Horror & Sci-Fi films. I’m not sure why I put off seeing V for Vendetta, but I did. Rob kept pestering me to go see it, but I kept putting it off. Then, the friday after my exam, I decided that it was time. The theater was basically empty, and I was so glad. (The older I get, the more I hate seeing movies on the weekends. All those little “punks” talking & laughing really ruin the movie experience for me.)
V for Vendetta is hands down the best movie of the year/decade/century. The acting is amazing, the plot is spectacular, the characterization is awesome, and the production is gorgeous. (All that, AND the movie’s got a catchy tagline–“Remember, remember the 5th of November.”) I have seen this movie twice in the theater now; each time, I have been moved to tears. As dystopic futures go, this movie fills me with hope that the nature of humanity is good, evil will eventually lose, and the world we leave to our children, though infinitely more complex, will be bound by values & morals of tolerance.
Superheroes of today are not called to fight villains created by aliens or toxic waste spills. The villains of today are often created with good intent, to provide safety and calm in the chaos of a changing world. The means of providing this safety become the villainous acts. V for Vendetta inspires me to believe that the slow slide down the slippery slope to censorship, racism, homophobia, intolerance, cruelty, and evil can be stopped. As corny as it sounds, one person can make a difference. And the 1812 overture is one of the most inspirational pieces of music ever.
Sure it’s fiction, but it’s a compelling story, an inspirational story, and a beautifully told story. I’m buying this one day of release. (And I never buy DVD’s either.) If anyone wants to buy a Guy Fawkes mask, I will definitely shave my head for halloween. We can go as Hugo Weaving & Natalie Portman.