Wednesday, January 12, 2011

V for Vendetta. C-

V for Vendetta, which depicts a fascist government ruled by a dictator with eerily similar habits as Hitler, is a movie about freedom. Freedom! Forever! As the poster's tag-line reads. And those explanation points indicate a spirit that the main character in the film, a new Guy Fawkes called V, tries to instill on the people in England. By the end, he has succeeded. He gets to this point by imposing on the city with various forms of terrorism, the greatest of which concerns the bombing of British parliament. V wants to wake up the people, who are living in fear as a result of the oppressiveness of their government. V wants this to be reversed, having the government fear the people. Neither form works, because neither concern the people respecting the law. Orderly society is based off respect, not fear. V however fails to realize this because he is too angry, and rightfully so. V for Vendetta is deep in terms of its thematic material, but by focusing on politics it seems to forget that it's a movie. You'd expect the film, written by the Wachowski brothers, to have the same kind of energy as The Matrix, but when its over it comes across as rather dull. V is a fine character, brutal yet quiet. There's not much fire to him, but since he's anchoring the movie with his ideas, his tranquil demeanor works nicely. But the movie really fails in its depiction of two other chief characters, a girl named Evey (Natalie Portman), and detective Finch (Stephen Rea), who's investigating the V case. Evey should have been more aggressive and curious, but instead she's bland and essentially just a tool for V. Finch should have provided a real spark, but instead comes across as a detective severely wishing he had a different case. Because the characters play things down so much, the movie never reaches the emotional heights it intends to. This should have been memorable, but it ends up simply not being a very good movie.

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