December 30, 2007
I decided I’ll watch the movie after seeing certain people obsessing over it. Out of everything that I’ve seen, this one is the most shocking. A movie about addiction, obsession and madness, it depicts the downward-spiraling lives of four characters symbolically connected to three seasons:
- Summer (the dream; high hopes)
- Fall (the downfall)
- Winter (the requiem; hitting the bottom)
There is no Spring, no rebirth, no Phoenix of hope. But that is exactly the point of the movie; a happy ending would have ruined everything. I felt as if I were falling throughout the 102 minutes of it; and the end left me stranded; in shock. I will not watch anything else until this sinks in. Just like I don’t want to read anything “serious” for a while after this.
Aside from the flawless acting and the painfully powerful idea/message, this movie impresses with much more. The director uses unusual techniques for some of the tense moments, such as very short shots repeated over and over in only a few seconds, and lots of split screens. The soundtrack is, again, outstanding. The theme, Lux Aeterna (listen here), is a composition that will drag you back into the movie with surprising force. It is a reiteration of the plot in less than four minutes: starting slowly, reaching its first climax of hope and beatitude, falling, then rising again with a kind of desperate hope, then falling, quickly and definitely.
And finally, the web site is a work of art in itself. Before, you could say I hated flash; well, not anymore. But it makes sense only after you watch the movie.
Someday, I also want to read the novel the film is based on.
December 29, 2007
Last night I decided to watch V for Vendetta for a second time. The first time I’ve seen it, not long after its release, the movie failed to impress me. This time, the same flaws jumped to my eyes: bad (fake) acting here and there and too many special effects.
But the movie makes much more sense after having read 1984. Its ending is ruined by the fact that it’s happy / hopeful. Say what you will, but I still believe that 1984’s gloomy ending makes the strong final impression necessary to such a book. Happy endings always leave me feeling empty inside.
PS. For a parade of hidden V / 5 symbolism, check the Wikipedia page. Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.