Day by Day



20 March 2006

V for Verisimilitude...


It was a good film.

It was a good film for all the right reasons. It was well acted. It was entertaining. It had a sense of mystery. There were believable villians and a conflicted hero.

It wasn't anything new. For many reasons I can no longer watch (or rather listen to) Hugo Weaving without impressing the image of Agent Smith, Elrond or the insatiable realtor from Bedrooms and Hallways into the mix.

The movie is a wide departure from the original graphic novel. Largely seen as an answer to Thatcher's England, much of the story is the result of the Wachowski's own designs. Is it a stab at the present state of affairs?

One may assume so, however, in the movie the implication is made that the threats to the population are "fictitous". It is only fear and hate which are driving events. This is certainly a valid position, however, the reality of our planet makes such oversimplified statements duplicitous in their meaning.

One may just as easily argue the need for freedom from fear from those who even now seek to oppose or destroy our societies from without and within. It is a good film, but it bears more witness to the fragility of our own security than any warning to the populations of lawful nations.

More later...




7 comments:

Scootmaroo said...

Don't forget Hugo's REMARKABLE turn as the lead in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Still, I think, his best film to date. No one lip synchs I'VE NEVER BEEN TO ME or ABBA's greatest hits quite like Hugo. And in BEDROOMS, he is just so delightfully SLEAZY.

Scootmaroo, The Dashing Blog Prince.

Citizen Deux said...

The film was such a departure from the text that I am not surprised the author disavowed it.

Major John said...

I may have to copy that Guy Fawkes poster - nice message in it. Heh.

Citizen Deux said...

And Fawkes was a Catholic zealot...unhappy with the religious direction of England...hmmm

Scootmaroo said...

I don't know... the Guy Fawkes etching looks kind of like my headshot....not as hot, though....Maybe someday I will have my own day....though "Methodist Zealot" doesn't quite have the same ring as "Catholic Zeaolot". Unless, of course, you are Donald Wildmon.

Citizen Deux said...

Perhaps if you phrased it en Francais?

"zealot d'Methodiste"

Nah, still sounds like bad bordeaux...

Major John said...

Being Methodist myself, I would go with "Wesleyan Phanatique".