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Monday, March 27, 2006

M is for Marxist

As a big fan of The Matrix trilogy, when the Wachowski brother's new venture, V is for Vendetta, hit theatres, I was eager to attend. One solitary Sunday night, I secretly slipped into the theatre in my comfy sweats. As the film progressed I was dazzled by its cinematic wonder and stylized dialogue, yet increasingly incredulous at the pure political propaganda accumulating in steamy piles before me. I walked out of the theatre in state of disbelief as the slurring voices of a group of teen aged punk rockers and emo-types proclaimed how it was "the most amazing movie ever!" Seriously, they "got it" and really thought it was cool.

At its core this movie is clearly intended to be a pseudo-prophetic message extrapolated from a decidely Marxist world-view applied to the geo-political paradigm of Michael Moore. The vapidity didn't cease there as the neo-Marxist agendas of homosexuality and pluralism are graphically overt. Who is the culprit that instigated this oppressive, totalitarian government wielded by the villainous bourgeoisie? Homophobic, anti-Islam, generally intolerant, right-wing conservative Christians who have ties to drug corporations, that's who! Of course, the giant elephant in the room (or theatre in this case) is that totalitarianism has ALWAYS arisen within the regimes of idealistic Marxist/socialist revolutionaries.

The content of this film was astoundingly audacious in its portrayel of certain geo-political current events. For a more complete play by play, read the review by Megan Basham at TownHall. She quotes the creator of the comic book "V" the movie is based on, Alan Moore, who had this to say after insisting Warner Bros. remove his name from the movie, "[My comic] has been turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country… [The film] is a thwarted and frustrated and 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" [the comic] was about."

I'm not going to say "don't waste your money", because as a faerie tale, it was quite good.

*Update* For a thoughtful analysis with a different take from The Pearcy Report, click here.
Category: Civitas Terrena


  • You could at least help improve the aesthetics of our blog by posting a picture of "Vendetta's" star, Natalie Portman to accompany your post.

    Good post, BTW.

    By Blogger David Gadbois, at 3:28 PM  

  • I wasn't going to give you the satisfaction.;o) Weren't you the one with something to say about gold, a ring, and the snout of a pig? Besides, the blogger picture thingy (I believe that is the technical term)isnt working properly.

    By Blogger Garet Pahl, at 6:18 PM  

  • Great review.

    And I couldn't agree more with Dave's comment. :-)

    By Blogger Travis White, at 10:28 PM  

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