Watching V for Vendetta for the second time has its advantages and disadvantages. This time, I suppose I am not required to look much into the societal relevance and political meanings of the ideas presented in the movie. I do not enjoy watching it then because, as a requirement for SA class, I feel the need to pause the film once in a while, observe and look for symbols, continue watching and reflect and compare with our lessons afterwards. I feel comfortable and less distracted watching it now because I get to focus on what I see on screen instead. However, given my prior knowledge of this film, I feel like I know it enough, and seeing it twice makes a less thrilling film experience.
Without too much blood and violence, V for Vendetta creates an atmosphere that would make one understand and feel the same deprivation and terror as if in a totalitarian society. More than twice, we see High Chancellor Adam Sutler and the heads of government offices ‘meet’ in a very dark room; the former is projected on a wide screen implying that, even without his physical presence, he supposedly towers over these people. All except the head of the Finger, Peter Creedy, have anxieties and fears drawn all over their faces. The biological terrorism employed by the Norsefire to gain power, has been revealed to us through Inspector Finch’s investigation. It is disturbing, but it makes sense, that the kind of government they have employed extreme means. V himself subjects Evey to the same treatment he has experienced in Larkhill; her torture is meant to make her a stronger person. In this society, the means to inflict fear can be used to free a person from fear. Or so it seems.
Few things hinder me from liking V for Vendetta. My prior knowledge of the film is one. The love story between Evey and V is another. It may be the romantic type but it seems like they are drawn towards the ideals the other personifies, how Evey does not agree upon all of V’s radical means, how similar their experiences are, etc. However, the way it has been executed diminishes its depth, makes the idea of love between two freedom fighters cheesy and a little funny. Evey’s transformation is more one thing. After being imprisoned and tortured, we see her infuriated with V. This itself is a testament to the changes she’s undergone, and although she realizes that V has made her a stronger person, she doesn’t seem fully convinced that the end justifies the means. Besides her conversation with Finch and with her sending the train to blast the Parliament, I would prefer if more of that changed person is shown – what can Evey do upon her ‘conception’ in comparison to V at his prime.
V for Vendetta is a conglomeration of ideas, as well as its characters Evey, V and Finch. With her shaved head and interactions with V, I expect her to be a person close to V. However, hers is an internal struggle, conquering a fear that has probably kept her silent after watching people close to her die. Finch is responsible for investigating the crimes and tracking down V. He is part of the government yet he is apart from the government, secretly investigating the history of the fascist government. And how do I ever describe V? Counting his appreciation of Count of Monte Cristo, Culture, Arts, Guy Fawkes and the revolution he initiates, he is the most obvious yet mysterious character in the movie.