From the Archive: V for Vendetta (2006) A Review

Remember, Remember the 5thof November… a little late I know, but a great movie for the time of year.


DIRECTOR:  James McTeigue

STARRING:  Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves

SCREENPLAY:  The Wachowski Brothers

GENRE:  Action, Drama

RUNTIME:  132 mins

★★★★ 4 Stars 

A cult classic to some, this film really does showcase come spectacular performances from its leading actors, it’s been a long, long time since I saw tis for the first time and my memory of the film really doesn’t do it the justice it deserves.

While out at night, Evie is attacked, and then quickly saved by a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.  From there she is drawn into his plot to end the fascist rule of a futuristic Britain, by blowing up parliament and killing many of the parties key members. Hesitant at first, Evie tries to escape the coming conflict, but in the end finds herself at the helm of an explosive plan to set the country free.

And what a phenomenal job Natalie Portman does at playing our heroine.   This character goes through A LOT in this film and Portman portrays every emotion and situation perfectly, I think I remember hearing that she actually had her head shaved live on camera for this film, which is just…wow.  One of the best performances I have ever seen her give.  And the same goes for Hugo Weaving.  Even if you don’t see his face for the entire film, his performance is no less dramatic, and you feel no less invested in his story.  He does a fantastic job of acting without the use of facial expressions and brings a sort of chaotic energy to the character that is very much needed to help portray his feelings despite the mask.

  And who can ever forget the sight of the Houses of Parliament going up in flames to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a beautiful moment in cinema that once seen cannot easily be forgotten, with Natalie Portman’s monologue over the top of it and the simultaneous de-masking of the crowd, it is one of the best movie finales of all time.

So, if V for Vendetta is truly considered a cult classic, then I am happy to count myself among that number. 

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