I just rewatched V for Vendetta, one of my all time favourite movies (hat tip to Alan Moore) [Edit: He apparently hates the movie, so I have been advised not to mention the movie and him in the same breath] and was once again awed by the beauty of the dialogues and screenplay. The more famous ones are reproduced frequently, like V’s introduction in the movie, and his speech to the people on TV. However there are a few beautiful moments in the sequence where V puts Evey through a fake incarceration. The exchanges in the letters of Valerie, excerpts below:
“It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses and apologized to no one. I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An inch. It is small and it is fragile and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must NEVER let them take it from us. I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the worlds turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you. Valerie. “
“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.”
If you haven’t already, read the novel, then watch the movie.
“A water break? Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don’t get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside your mind!” – Denzel Washington as Coach Boone.
If ever there was a movie based on the power of sport that has captured the imagination, it is Remember the Titans. Based on real life events in early 1970’s America, a time when racial integration was a burning issue, the movie explores topics of friendship, racism, and the power of a team to bind a community together.
The story starts with the racial integration of a high school in Virginia, and the appointment of an African American (Denzel Washington) as Head coach of the football team. The team goes through phases: from open hostility, to grudging respect to life long friendship, taking viewers on a see saw ride of emotions and adrenaline. As the team becomes a unit from a rag tag bunch of misfits, the movie shows us how the community goes through the same phases, although a step behind.
With powerful performances from Denzel Washington and Will Patton, backed by evergreen power of sport to fire and bind emotions, this is one heck of a movie. _Must_ watch is an understatement.
I havent reviewed a movie for a long time, probably because I haven’t watched that many lately. But I happened to chance on Road to Sangam. It is based on an incredibly simple premise, duty before everything, and yet pushes the boundaries of a done-to-death national unity theme. It offers us the perspective of Hasmatullah, portrayed wonderfully well by Paresh Rawal, a mechanic who is pushed against the wall and forced to choose between his duty, and what people say is his duty to his religion. If I say more, I’ll probably spoil the plot (even more than I have done now.) Suffice to say that the dialogues, the way Paresh Rawal goes about building his character and some very good story flow, make this an interesting watch.
And what the movie has done is make me fall in love with the idea of India. All over again.
I’ve just about finished watching this movie, and I’ve been left feeling thoroughly confused. What was the director thinking when he based the movie in the period of the holocaust? The only character that seems to be connected with it is Kate Winslet’s. But the script never really explores her character that much. All we see are scattered glimpses of her in the trial and that in itself fails to bring out the emotion she was going through. And there was the part with the young Michael during the trial and the identity crisis he goes through. But that’s all stuff we have seen before. The novelty quotient wasnt there.
Or maybe I have missed the point altogether. Maybe it wasnt meant to focus on the holocaust and that the time period was just incidental. But then, was the point of the movie to explore the relationship between Michael and Hanna? Well it certainly leaves a lot to th audience to figure out. Maybe a little bit too subtle? It seems the director was trying too many different things and failed to pull all of them together.
Credit must still be given to Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet for their performances. Fiennes was sensational. Kate really came to life in the second part of the movie, but I have my doubts on whether she should have won an Oscar. I’ll have to watch the other movies that were nominated for best actress before I can comment on that.
Edit: Meryl Streep in Doubt is wayyyyyyyy better.