In 2006, the world saw Natalie Portman step into the role of Evey Hammond, the unsuspecting trainee of “V” in V for Vendetta. More than a cult classic, the film is an adaptation of the DC Comics graphic novel by Alan Moore.
While the movie is filled with action, philosophy, suspense, and even a bit of humor, its theme is something that resonated with the audience. At its core, it’s a good action thriller. That’s why V for Vendetta remains one of Hollywood’s most memorable flicks and a favorite among fans.
Guess what? It’s coming to Netflix on June 1, making it the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the story. If you’ve never seen V for Vendetta, here’s why you will want to add it to your watch list.
The ‘V for Vendetta’ mask has become a relevant symbol
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the current events happening in the world—whether it’s online or in one’s physical surroundings. If you’re familiar with the Guy Fawkes mask, then you know it’s become a symbol of civil unrest and rebellion.
In the film, it is the trademark of V’s disguise, and tied to his disruption of the state, his psychological manipulation (or for a certain sect of fans, liberation) of Evey, and his ideals as a morally ambiguous hero.
Today, you will find this mask—and the Dali one from Money Heist—being used prominently in protests around the globe.
The Wachowskis are behind the film
The comic was created by Alan Moore, the same author who wrote Watchmen, and adapted by the Wachowskis. Yes, the Wachowskis who gave us The Matrix and Sense8.
If you like meta storylines with dialogue that can be considered provocative and/or somewhat cerebral, you will find it in V for Vendetta. With that said, the book is worth a read too.
While the movie diverges from the comics, the Wachowkis don’t shy away from their usual style of social and philosophical commentary in the narrative. In its own way, the film tackles issues about dictatorship, fear, ignorance, division, and the definition of terrorism.
‘V for Vendetta’ is still super quotable
Every classic has its share of quotable lines that you’ll hear people reference in everyday conversation. And in V for Vendetta, there are a handful.
One is about Guy Fawkes, the historical figure whose essence is woven into the main character. “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.” It marked the fall of the tyrannical government in the film.
Another popular line from the movie is this: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” It is a quote that’s been printed on signs, shared via memes, or in snippets of people’s speeches.
The other? It has to do with ideas. “Beneath this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.” Out of the many mottos V birthed, these quotes are among the favorites for fans of the movie and graphic novel.
Remember, remember that V for Vendetta lands on Netflix on June 1.