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V is For Vivid, Vibrant, and Vendetta

V for Vendetta, the new comic book turned action movie, has several folks shaken up because of the disreputable message it tries to emit. V for Vendetta most definitely had a political message that it was trying to convey, and it conveyed it quite well. However, the political message layer inside of super hero movies is not a novel concept. What is unusual is that usually it is Superman, Batman, or Spiderman fighting terrorism, instead of wreaking it. However, the vigilante aspect is still the same.

The film made me a little uneasy with its blatant glorification of violence. Despite the main hero being well-spoken, well-read, and practically a genius, it is a little sad that the end message was it doesn’t matter how intelligent somebody is, they still need to be adept at sword play in order to win out in the end. It is a gratuitous display of human nature. It was nice that V actually spoke, and spoke often, not just in one line quips. He was verbose, oozing with intelligence, especially in his introductory monologue, where he spouts nearly fifty words beginning with “v.” Hugo Weaving’s voice, soothing and lyrical, lends itself very nicely to the hero. It was good to hear that he was not mimicking Agent Smith at all, but giving V a completely different sound.

The setup of the new government of Britain is a little weak; there are a few holes in the description of the society’s construct. Officers police the streets after curfew, zero in on innocent passers-by such as Natalie Portman, but instead of giving them a citation or a warning, threaten violence if they do not spread eagle and accept a full body cavity search. The lead Police Inspector, Eric Finch, played with his usual lack of bravado by the stern Stephen Rea, is at once the most loyal officer in Britain, and the least. Finch obviously has his doubts when it comes to the Chancellor’s method of rule, but he is still entrusted with top-secret information and very important missions.

Stephen Fry, meanwhile, also destabilizes the audience’s view of the society. As talk-show host Gordon Dietrich, he airs a wild, farcical romp featuring a few Chancellor look-a-likes being mocked by a fake V in front of thousands of viewers. Then, later in the film, the audience is supposed to be surprised when the authorities break into Dietrich’s house, bag him up, and haul him away. This is a country that has banned artwork, books, films, and music that holds any negative connotations toward the government; of course you are going to be arrested for poking fun at the dictator!

As my seventeen year old brother pointed out, even the forefathers of this country were, at one point, considered terrorists. They felt compelled to take up vigilante arms against forces they viewed as unjustly oppressive and fought back. It is only once those righteous freedom fighters have become the tyrants that they view the new up risers as violent zealots.

This piece of social déjà vu fits into the Vendetta scenario. V was created by the government while they were experimenting on methods of containing the populace and making Britain safe, thus sacrificing poor V for the good of society. However, as a vigilante, V is willing to sacrifice a few people, including evil authority figures, in order for Britain’s people to once again be free to truly live. Thus the see-saw of the law versus the vigilante continues to teeter.

2 thoughts on “V is For Vivid, Vibrant, and Vendetta”

  1. I totally agree with this review, V for Vendetta is a great social commentary on what giving up freedoms can cost a society.

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