With the heightened popularity of Watchmen and other Alan Moore works at the moment due to the release of the Watchmen film, I found myself reading up on how the V for Vendetta film was received. I’m aware that Alan Moore didn’t like it and removed himself from it entirely but I enjoyed both the graphic novel and the film all the same.
Jonathan Ross of BBC referred to the film as a “woeful, depressing failure” and stated that the “cast of notable and familiar talents such as John Hurt and Stephen Rea stand little chance amid the wreckage of the Wachowski siblings’ dismal script and its particularly poor dialogue.”
Well of course the BBC would have that sort of response, the film is basically a foreshadowing of whats to come for England, I mean they’re halfway there already what with the amount of censorship and policing in that country. I refer back to “woeful, depressing failure” , three words which describe how England will be if it remains on it’s current course. England is a perfect example of how a government is telling its people what they can or cannot do or should think, the word ‘totalitarianism’ comes to mind.
Here’s a few examples of what a ‘wonderful’ place the UK is:
A 36 year old man, Christopher Cocker, was in his home watching TV and was laughing so hard that he fell off his couch. A neighbour heard this and phoned the police. The police forced their way into his house, pepper sprayed him, bound his wrists and ankles with plastic ties, then proceeded to arrest him, threw him into the back of a police van and then finally stripped him naked and placed him in prison all because he was laughing.
Chavs, underage scum protected by law, generally wear branded label clothing and usually engage in petty crime and assaults. Beware, defending yourself against them (lets say they were attempting to mug you) will land you in prison.
The government is considering installing X-ray cameras on lampposts to spot armed terrorists and other criminals. However, officials acknowledged that it would be highly controversial as the cameras can “see” through clothing” – breitbart.com
The UK is considering mass surveillance and retention of user communications on social-networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and even instant messaging! ISPs must store all communications data for at least 12 months but according to Home Office security minister Vernon Coaker, that’s not enough. Obviously ‘invasion of privacy’ means nothing to these people, it seems their government will stop at nothing in order to gain full control over it’s people so that Big Brother will always be looking over your shoulder. Before we know it the UK will have the world’s first Thought Police division and the citizens won’t have to worry about trivial things like ‘choice’ or ‘thinking for ones self’ as they’ll have the wonderful government there to do it for them.
I’m guessing the mentality would be if the current recession sends the world into madness it’ll be jolly old England who will rise from the ashes much like the events in the film. It’s not all bad, I do appreciate British film, I just don’t think the UK is a nice place to live in.