The 5th of November. I just got back from seeing V for Vendetta. Two words: freaking wow. The movie is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore. It takes place some 30 years in the future, in a distopian England. The United States' various wars eventually ripped the world apart, and the power-hungry religious-oriented leader of England made radical steps to rid the country of immigrants and undesirables (gays, rioters, Muslims, and the like), and built a new position for himself as High Chancellor. As the movie unfolds you siwftly realise that this future is not a happy place, and people are under no illusions that all is not right in their country. V is the result of an experiment gone wrong, and begins to insight violence against the regime, all while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.
Honestly, this movie blew me away. There are a load of great themes brought out, and tough questions asked. What's the difference between good violence and bad violence? Do the ends justify the means? How do you violently rebel against a corrupt bureaucracy, but not end up the same as the original perpetrators? Things like that.
And of course there's ass kicking. Ass kicking of the wildest kind. Hugo Weaving, the excellent Nigerian born, Australian actor plays the man behind the mask. I was commenting to my family on the way home that putting him behind the mask was a really great idea, because after The Matrix Trilogy, I had a really tough time seeing him as anyone other than Agent Smith. I never liked his being cast as Elrond in Lord of the Rings for this reason. (I still think Liam Neeson quite possibly IS Elrond.) So, you put him behind a mask and you get the benefits of his name, his voice, and his truly great acting skills. (If you've never seen Priscilla Queen of the Desert, you should rent it.)
Natalie Portman was also great, as she's always been in anything other than Star Wars. She plays a young girl who's rescued by V early on, and later decides to join his mission.
Right now, I give this movie a 5/5. I do have the weakness of falling in love with a movie immediately, and overating things, but I was really impressed with this one. I'm going to try and see it again in theatres, and maybe then I'll have a more balanced approach. But I hope not.
Favourite quote: V - "A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having."
P.S. The soundtrack was hawt!