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The 5th of November – V for Vendetta

Posted by terrepruitt on November 5, 2011

I spent most of the day working on learning another Nia routine.  Some songs, as I have shared before, are easier for me to learn than others.  This time I am actually I am having some issues with a copule of the katas.  Today is the 5th of November.  Back in 1605 there was a plan to assassinate the King by blowing up the House of Lords during opening of Parliament.  This plot is referred to as “The Gunpowder Plot of 1605” or “Gunpowder Treason Day”.  There is a lot of history surrounding this day and it’s celebrations.  For some it is somewhat of a “cult classic” type of day.  With the movie V for Vendetta leading the way.

The first time I saw the movie I really didn’t get it.  I was distracted by the main character and waiting for him to reveal his face.  But, being that my husband is the type of person who watches a movie over and over and over, I was able to actually understand the movie.  I think it is one of those movies that you need to see a few times to really understand all that is going on.  Or you need to be paying close attention the first time you watch it and not be distracted by the mask.  There is a lot going on in the movie.  I took me several times to understand certain parts.  Each time I watched it I understood more.  I don’t want to say too much and give any parts away.

I will say that the guy who plays Mr. Smith in the Matrix movies is in it.  It also has Natalie Portman and Stephen Fry it in.

There are some very good quotes from the movie, with the speech from the main character leading the way:

“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [laughs] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me “V”.”

And there is:

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.”

“God is in the rain.”

“Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch, we are free.”

These quotes might give you an idea as to the type of movie it is.  It is about a country that got off track due to its people allowing its one and only ruler, the Chancellor, to dictate everything.  There is one guy (or Guy . . . ha, ha!) who thinks it should be different and is willing to take a stand.  Although, I don’t agree with the WAY he is going about it, I understand why he thinks it is the only way. The movie takes you through the events that transpired to get the country where it is.  The path it takes you on is not straight by any means and the way it is revealed is very cleaver.  But as I said before, it took me several viewings to get it.

For some reason . . . maybe just because it includes a date in it, my husband and I have always wanted to have a party on the 5th of November.  But of course, sometimes the 5th of November is a weekday and having people over is not an option because at the time of the talk of the party it has always included the fact that we have to do it at midnight because that has a significance in the movie too.  But this year, the year the 5th falls on a Saturday we have been a bit side-lined.  We have friends that are fans of the movie so we are going over there to watch it.  Should be fun.

Have you seen the movie?  What did you think?  Ever thought of having a party on the 5th of November?

11 Responses to “The 5th of November – V for Vendetta”

  1. niachick said

    Thank you for the movie review!! I will make it a point to watch it next time it comes around on one of our movie channels. And BTW, it sounds like a movie that has some merit currently. Just sayin…


  2. If you enjoy the film, I would heartily recommend the graphic novel it was based upon, written by Alan Moore. Several of his works have been adapted into films but in each case, he has had his name removed from the credits (other adaptations include “Watchmen” “From Hell” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.
    November 5th is still celebrated here ~ a night where we wrap up warm and watch fireworks and a bonfire.
    Many thanks again for your informative post.


    • Oh, Simon, I am soooooo not a fan of the movie Watchman. Everytime my hubby waches it I say I won’t watch it. I don’t like the way it was filmed and I am upset that Rorschach dies. I think I just saw From Hell, it was on TV just last week and it had Johnny Depp in it. I didn’t like the way that was filmed either. To me they were trying to make it scary and horrifying but it was cheesy. And they made it have a happy ending. Really?! It was a movie about Jack the Ripper. The League is another one that I don’t really care for the way it is filmed, but I will watch it. I mean it has Sean Connery in it so I will put up with the rest. It is actually ok, but not my favorite. I understand the “grapic novels” are different as John is telling me as I type some of the differences between the Watchmen “novel” and the movie, but I’m not much of a reader lately. Sadly I only make time for reading blogs now.

      I didn’t know the same man wrote them all. Interesting, thanks. I will watch it some of them with a new perspective.

      While I was doing my research for the post I saw that the 5th might be still celebrated there. I say “might be” because there was so much information and I was in major rush so I didn’t have time to confirm. I almost went that direction with my post – current day celebration of the actual event – but, as I said I was in a hurry so I didn’t have time to really look into all that. Thanks for the confirmation. Oooo! Information from an “inside” man. Awesome!

      Ohmywordpressblog! I am typing away answering you and it just dawned on me: Simon is commenting on my blog! AWESOME! Thank you my friend. YOU. ARE. AWESOME! MUAH!


  3. I have watched it, but it’s been a long time. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a Marvel Comics movie? I love all of those. I hope you had a nice party! 🙂


  4. Becky Sain said

    Simon is so smart, isn’t he? 🙂
    You are too, just so you know.


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