V for Vendetta Review

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V for Vendetta V for Vendetta the Movie

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.

Awesome, Brilliant, Charismatic, Deadly, Excellent, Fabulous, Great, Huge, Interesting, Jovial, Kewl, Lovely, Magnifique,…. No, I am not trying to learn the English alphabet! Neither am I trying to create a rival ad for the Chevrolet Aveo!! I am just trying to find adjectives for the impact, the effect that V for Vendetta – the movie left on me!! I think it was phenomenal!!

Year 2003/04 – the Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions – Parts 2 and 3 of the Trilogy left me bewildered, flabbergasted and sad. Why? Well, I kinda lost respect for the Wachowski brothers. I was trying hard to find as to what the Wachowski brothers were trying to do. Yes, they did raise the bar of special effects in Hollywood cinema. They did try and capture something abstract on celluloid. They did increase the level of "cool" for all the computer geeks. Neo/Matrix was awesome! The idea did sell, but did not blow me away! Matrix [Part 1] the Animatrix series and the special effects in Reloaded and Revolutions are definitely worthy of mention. Of course, The Matrix Reloaded: Explained and The Matrix Revolutions: Explained were superb! It did get me thinking more and appreciating the Wachowski brothers' more for their idea and made me appreciate their trials! However, I was still disappointed with the outcome of Reload and Revolutions!

05-APR-2006: A story written by Alan Moore and David Lloyd in 1982 was made into a screenplay by Andy and Larry Wachowski. The movie was brought to life by James McTeigue [director] and the Wachowski brothers. The story was initially published by DC Comics. Everything about the movie was made right by brilliant screenplay, excellent direction, divine cinematography and superb acting. If you consider it, there are NO babes in the movie, there is a masked guy talking in GRE terms most of the time. There is a murder of a fat Briton. Yet, the movie made quite an impact on me! Some of the dialogues were just mindblowing!

So, how come a Guy Fawkes masked V, the protagonist of the story with terrorist intentions, with the intent of destabilizing the autocratic government in a dystopian United Kingdom can be interesting? Well, for one, it was Hugo Weaving [Agent Smith in the Matrix], who played the masked guy! But, you know what? I have renewed respect for him. With NO facial expressions other than a perpetual smile [on the mask], he has delivered a classic act!

EV – the female lead character was played by Natalie Portman! Well, she has definitely matured as an actor! I knew she had it in her. I also found her absolutely cute right from the time I have seen her in mainstream cinema! There were certain scenes [when she comes outta the detention etc, where in I was just blown away [no pun intended]! Btw, she shaved off her head for real in this movie. And I still think she looks GORGEOUS!! I have a huge crush on you Natalie Portman! :-D!

Wachowski brothers have definitely made a comeback with V for Vendetta. The plot, the storyline, the setting and the execution – they have finally got their equation right! This movie gets a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from me!

Some dialogues from the movie!

V's introduction to Evey

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V!

Evey: Are you like a crazy person?

I'm still in search for the dialogue about idea. Anyhoo, planning to get the DVD of this movie asap! This is too good :-)! 

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29 thoughts on “V for Vendetta Review

  1. abhishek raje

    hey !!!!!
    I totally agree with ur view on dis remarkable masterpiece. It truly is the film of this age .Thanks a lot for the introduction dialogue between V and EV.

  2. Just happened to come across your blog while i was trying to do some background study on V & Alan Moore…
    I totally agree with you…an absolutely brilliant movie, probably the onlt one that i have taken a liking for after so long….

    As for the quote about the idea…is this the one you were talkin about???

    “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea,Mr.Creedy, and ideas are bullet proof.”

  3. Hmmm… Forgot that one :-D!! But, no, something about ideas not dying… And if I remember right, it had the words “Idea” and “die”. Maybe it’s the mental idea. Anyway… Will make a post on it the minute I get the DVD. Still trying hard to get a good Divx rip or the original DVD!! :-D!! Btw, what research you doing on V & Alan Moore…??

  4. Alright…looks like i found what you were looking for. Here goes :

    “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder Treason and Plot…
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot…

    But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in his 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like?

    We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed first hand the power of ideas, I’ve seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them… but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it… ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love… And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man… A man that made me remember the Fifth of November. A man that I will never forget.”

  5. Becky

    I agree… I loved the movie! It was like Orwell and Hexley joined together to from a wonderful utopia of anarchy. I was also looking for that exact dialogue. I applaud you!

  6. @ PS: I know!!

    Furthermore, this post is too special for me as well. Gave me the love of my life dude!! :-D! Hehehe…

    No, we are not talking about Natalie Portman [ssshh… she was a close second]

    No points for guesses on who it can be either :-P!

    Nice to know that it’s still picking up some comments. Btw, one of my friends just recently saw the film. Expecting some comments from him soon :-D!!

    And anybody has a DVD of this movie. I am willing to buy it off them if it’s of good quality for any price you claim :-D!!

  7. Hassan Fawad Khan

    One of THEE best movies i have EVER seen..in the longest of times! When I first got V for Vendetta, frankly I wasn’t expecting much but after watching the movie I was stunned. I don’t think I have been this moved before by any other piece of art. It was brilliant. The theme, the idea, the plot, the acting and YES the dialogues! witty, charming and a pure delight for the ears. I cannot get enough of the movie. Simply Superb! And thankyou all for the dialogues! It was sheer pleasure reading them and recalling the scenes :]

  8. @Guru hey guess what my bro got the dvd …any price you say huh???? hmmmmm…..

    damn what do i have to do to find my dream girl? is it too far fetched to believe that natalie potman may stumble on my blog someday?

  9. @PS: Dude, I WANT THE DVD!! Please get it to me, or lemme know where I can buy it! Any price, and fast!! I will send u a mail!!

    And Dude, if not Natalie Portman, prolly sumin better :P! Well, in my case hell yeah!! =D!!

  10. mj

    you all seem to know what your talking about.
    im looking for the bit of dialogue near the end of the film where v tslks about ideas being bulletproof. i would be really really really gratefull iff you could help me.

  11. Tee-Zee

    This one?
    “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea,Mr.Creedy, and ideas are bullet proof.”

    V for Vendetta is one of the absolutely best movies I’ve ever seen, and I think it allways will be. Everything is so good, all the way from the costumes and the acting to the cinematics.

  12. Morningkil

    Its pretty obvious you’ve never read the comic.

    The move was an atrocity in comparison.

    Don’t get me wrong! As a film it was entertaining, and I enjoyed it.

    However,it seems the Wachowski brothers only skimmed the source material, took the bits they thought were cool and filled in the rest with Hollywood Fluff.

    Several monologues that gave the comic all of its character were changed or cut out all together.
    Example: Before V blows up the Old Bailey, he addresses the statue of Justice.

    V: I’ve long admired you…albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I’d say to my father, “Who is that lady?” And he’d say, “That’s Madam Justice.” And I’d say, “Isn’t she pretty.”

    Please don’t think it was merely physical. I know you’re not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal. That was a long time ago. I’m afraid there’s someone else now…

    “What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!”

    I, madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms! Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn’t it? You thought I didn’t know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn’t surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

    “Uniform? Why, I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one…”

    Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots! Well? Cat got your tongue?

    Very well. So you stand revealed at last. You are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another. Well, two can play at that game.

    “Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?”

    Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did. She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know.

    So goodbye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman that I once loved.

    This would have been an enjoyable film if it wasn’t based on such an AMAZING graphic novel.

  13. Wow, I will do just a bit of minor modification to your awesome comment and make that a quote. If possible, could you direct me to a place, I can buy the comic?

    Thanks for the comment :)!

  14. Morningkil

    Also, while your at it, pick up League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 300 (though I found that movie to be rather spot-on) and Watchman.

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