...The gun powder treason and plot,
I know of no reason the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the king and parliment
Three scores barrels were laid below
To prove old england's overthrow
By God's mercy he was catched
By a dimmed lantern and a burning match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king
It wasn't the best movie in the world (The Pink Panther was more popular at the time) but I watched V For Vendetta on DVD for the first time since it came out in the cinema a year and a half ago because it's, you know, that day.
I know that Alan Moore doesn't approve of it but I thought it was okay... ish? The comic wasn't that much more impressive to me either, despite being an Alan Moore fan. Find out for yourself here. Here are some scenes from the Watchowski Brothers(?) -produced movie:
V takes over a news station:
V makes himself known to Natalie Portman:
That is by far the most annoying speech of any kind, made anywhere, ever. Here it is in all it's vile (oh-ho!) intirity:
"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 it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished."
It's at this point Natalie Portman's character looks at him like "Shut the fuck up already and shave my head, will you."
Yet he continues "However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone 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.
Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."
I don't really understand much of that speech, but I do know this: Natalie Portman is hawt.