One of the films of 2006 that Therese and I wanted to analyze for WU was V for Vendetta. Based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, the film version was produced under the guidance of Matrix-creators, the Wachowski Brothers, and directed by one of their acolytes, James McTeigue. Before release it generated lots of blog buzz and plenty of controversy. We were expecting a quirky unboxed film loaded with symbolism and kick-butt special effects. Boy, did it deliver this, and in spades.
As always, we watch films through the lens of the novelist. Read on for our observations!
Kath: Man, this movie had me on a rollercoaster. I still don’t know if I loved or hated this film, but it definitely stayed with me for a while. One of the things I was entranced by was the Soviet-style fascist backdrop mapped over ye olde cheery London Town (disclosure: I didn’t read the graphic novel). The filmmakers keep the pace blistering while leaning on the meta-narrative pretty heavily, which is how fear makes people give up their basic rights for safety, but it’s a pact with the devil. A Hobbesian world run amok. What did you think? Was the world building successful for you?
Therese: Oh, yes. It reminded me a little of that TV show that was on a few years back with Jessica Alba, Dark Angel. The world has gone to hell in a futuristic handbasket (an electrified one, no doubt) and its up to our hero and heroine to save the little bits of it they can. [Read more…]