Also recently we’ve watched V for Vendetta. I had never seen it before.
*pauses for shocked intake of breath from followers*
Yes, I know. It was just one of those movies I never got around to. So, we watched it over the holidays. Just a few things:
- I’ve always loved Stephen Fry as an actor and as a person. His performance in this is superb. Nuanced and understated and tragic and just altogether beautiful.
- After Evey’s scenes in the jail and is freed, I turned to my husband and said, “V is really kind of a dick, isn’t he?” (And really, it sounded just like him so why on earth was she shocked?)
- I’ve now seen Hugh in three different movies. This one, Captain America and Lord of the Rings. This is the only time I’ve found him panties-dropping sexy. Maybe ‘cause I couldn’t see his face. IDK. (points you back to the previous point - maybe that has something to do with it).
So, after watching it we watched the extras, like we usually do. This one has an extra about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Something that I know little about (being American), but enough to know that he tried to blow up Parliament and was stopped and so every year on Nov 5 the people celebrate by shooting off fireworks and burning effigies. Okay, I get that. But this is what I don’t get, and hopefully some British follower can explain this to me.
Guy wanted to blow them up because Catholics didn’t have freedom and equality. He failed. Catholics continued to not have freedom and equality. So, because this guy died wanting freedom for his religion and failed, an entire nation celebrates the day he failed. So … the British celebrate this guy’s failure to get equality?
Am I missing something? Has the meaning of the day changed over the years? Can someone explain this to me?