#144: V For Vendetta (2005)

When and how did I watch this?

February 8th, 2016, on a friend’s PLEX account.

Had I seen this film already?

Yes, but probably not in its entirety, about ten years ago.  I either fell asleep or got bored.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I didn’t understand it.  This troubles me now, because ten years ago I was fresh out of college. One would think a simple movie wouldn’t go over someone’s head at that age. I remember the mask, and a lot of hype surrounding the film.

What do I know about it now?

Life experience has been kind to me, because this film changed entirely between my viewings of it. It’s possible that I wasn’t paying attention originally, or that the message was lost on me in my naivety, but it made perfect sense this time, and it is now one of the most important films I’ve ever seen.  It wasn’t perfect — I think a few convenient plot devices were wedged in there to keep things moving — but this Orwell-inspired masterpiece effectively communicated the power of an idea, and really resonated with my sentiments on a “safe” and “unified” government who can only restrain the people for so long. Portman was excellent; several big names in the cast certainly didn’t hurt.  The movie itself has great depth that can’t be addressed adequately in a short reaction like this.

What are some themes in the film?

Government, totalitarianism, hope, freedom, fear, God, fate

Did this affect me personally?

The moment when Evie’s mother is taken away, and in the same manner a mentor of hers being removed, really stirred me up. It personalized the film for me.

Why is this ranked #144?

It’s a powerful film that a lot of people likely felt similarly about. It’s also a Wachowski film, and it’s a welcome reprieve from the disastrous attempts at Matrix sequels they put out.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She didn’t see it.

Would I watch it again?

Certainly.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

It would be like recommending a good book. Please check it out, but make sure you’re alert enough to read it thoroughly.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

No doubt about it.

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