Movie Night – V for Vendetta
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
So goes the rhyme telling the tale of Guy Fawkes and his treasonous plan to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and it’s occupants. November 5th (Guy Fawkes Night) is quite the holiday on the other side of the pond, Brits celebrate the capture of Guy Fawkes and his subsequent torture and execution where he was hanged, drawn and quartered and burned at the stake (just to make sure). But this post isn’t about the holiday, but rather a movie inspired by it, V for Vendetta.
Like many of the movies that I will write about, V for Vendetta is an adaptation of a comic book, this one shares the same title. While Guy Fawkes Night celebrates the triumph of the state over a man who was in most opinions an anti-state terrorist, this movie looks at it from another angle. It takes place in a near future UK run by a corrupt and repressive government. V is a man who is seen by some as a terrorist, but it’s ultimately seen that his motivation is to secure the freedom of his country and it’s people. He uses Guy Fawkes as an example of a man who exercised the right and responsibility of the people to overthrow a corrupt government, not as a terrorist.
I really enjoy stories that approach tales that we are already familiar with from a completely different perspective, and that’s exactly what this film does.