Monday, June 12, 2006

Movie Review - V for Vendetta

This movie is based on a book that most reviewers would ideally call ‘seminal’. Such words are now being used so arbitrarily that it could be used even to describe the latest edition of Amar Chitra Katha. I really don’t know what COULD be seminal about the book that is a rip-off off George Orwell’s 1984… played out by cartoon-like characters.

This movie is a juvenile fantasy of one man battling a Big Brother-like evil dictator who keeps England under a permanent threat of war. The warrior befriends Natalie Portman, a courier and he sees in her ‘theological’ awakening, his own past emancipation from a brutal concentration camp. Why he needs her to get his revenge is never dealt with, and the story meanders on with arbitrary killings and the occasional decent quip. The characters are so sketchy and the script so disjoint that it fails to keep your attention after around 83.2 seconds (you get it? Don’t we need to be accurate up-to one decimal place?). I watched the movie anyway because I had nothing else to do.

According to the movie, fear psychosis, state of permanent war with an unknown enemy, totalitarian command, the criticism of which is automatically charged as conspiracy, characterizes England in 2020. The tedium of such a world, which has already been seen and read about in 1984 did not really interest me. Though there could be a lot of parallels that could be drawn to the current state of affairs in the USA, the movie fails to impress.

The movie has an all burnt out guy in a Guy Fawke’s mask on a crusade against the tyranny of Big Brother. He has had his family killed and himself burnt in the Nazi style concentration camp. Once he escapes, he starts out on the mission (well of-course only after eating 3 idlis and getti chutney at home), to educate 3 people in Britain about the atrocities committed by BB by…

  1. Painting a red V and a circle on a few city walls
  2. Making one very explosive, incomprehensible 3 minute speech on television
  3. Setting off a few bombs under government buildings and TV transmission towers at night
  4. Distributing Guy Fawkes masks and capes to people
  5. These people then walk on streets, take off their masks and watch fireworks.
  6. Hence revolution achieved. Regurgitation too

Don’t watch this movie. Don’t even go near the shop that sells this DVD.The movie, though, has quite a lot of interesting trivia about music.

1. Da da da Dum (. . . _ which is Morse code for V) is the opening notes of the fifth of Beethoven. V as the terrorist is called is actually the Roman numeral V… the number of the ‘room’’ where the mutated freak was raised.

2. V plays Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture when he blows up the Big Ben. Incidentally, Tchaikovsky used original cannons to get those 11 explosions during the allegro of the piece

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