Saturday, April 22, 2006

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

Bilious Young Fogey has some things to say about V FOR VENDETTA, last of which was:

The crowning evil about this movie is its valorisation of terrorism. The film is French-Maoist in its arrogant, elitist espousal of the frisson of the act of violence. It is fitting that the last scene is of a new uniformed army, the followers of V, watching the destruction of the Houses of Parliament.

This film is decadent and offensive.

HT: Tim Blair.


1 comment:

Mark said...

Alan Moore, who created the original comic that the movie is based on is very unhappy with the movie.
He said in an interview
Those words, "fascism" and "anarchy," occur nowhere in the film. It's been turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country. In my original story there had been a limited nuclear war, which had isolated Britain, caused a lot of chaos and a collapse of government, and a fascist totalitarian dictatorship had sprung up. Now, in the film, you've got a sinister group of right-wing figures — not fascists, but you know that they're bad guys — and what they have done is manufactured a bio-terror weapon in secret, so that they can fake a massive terrorist incident to get everybody on their side, so that they can pursue their right-wing agenda. It's a thwarted and frustrated and perhaps largely impotent American liberal fantasy of someone with American liberal values [standing up] against a state run by neo-conservatives — which is not what "V for Vendetta" was about. It was about fascism, it was about anarchy, it was about [England]. The intent of the film is nothing like the intent of the book as I wrote it.