Movie Night – V for Vendetta

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d (or by God’s mercy*)
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!

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.


About Todd E. Grady

I'm a dad, husband, IT guy and geek of all trades.

Posted on 11.05.2010, in Comic Books, Movies and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. khocolatemoose

    Hello Family Geek,

    I’m glad to see that others love this film as much as I do. Although it’s based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, I felt the film made impressive and relevant changes that made the film a more cohesive narrative than the comic’s was. Still, the film fizzled at the box office, and unfortunately, most people haven’t even heard of it. It’s ad campaign positioned it as an action film, and while it does have plenty of great action sequences, it’s more of a political drama to me. I do love the film very much, and I’m glad you do to.

    If you’re interesting in Snyder’s film adaptation of Moore’s the Watchmen, I published a review/discussion of it yesterday. Please feel free to add to that discussion at

    I look forward to hearing what you have to say, and often.



    • Thanks KM.

      I do love the film and I felt it was appropriate for my movie night post considering today’s date.

      I just checked out your blog, looks like my kind of stuff. I’ll have to catch up on your posts!

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