Sunday, December 9, 2012

V For Vendetta

Years back when V For Vendetta first came out, I really wasn't able to engage with the film. It seemed too "super-hero" driven. Obviously I was missing the bigger picture of the film and the political and moral implications it is steeped in. Now, on my second viewing, it has become clear that this is a film both very important for its aesthetic qualities as well as moral. Yes, it is an action film in the classic sense, but the allegorical message it carries is just as thrilling. The visuals and film-making in general are breathtaking, which can sort of mask the deeper meanings of the film, but once you do dig those up, the film as a whole becomes something both unnerving and awe-inspiring. The final scene where hundreds of people pile in dressed up as V gave me chills that lasted for hours after the film ended. Perhaps it was the way it visually looked, or perhaps knowing the context of a society under oppression finally reclaiming its homeland, but either way it has left a lasting impression on me.

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