The movie “V for Vendetta”, based on the same title novel, can be seen as George Orwell’s sequel to the 1984 script. This depicts a world in V for Vendetta, close to ours, though in the future, where it is governed by an autocratic dictator. Throughout the film, the character ‘V’ hides behind a mask of Guy Fawkes, who on November 5, 1605, tried to blow up the building of England’s parliament. The film uses camera angles, lighting, and music to create the audience’s mood, thereby enhancing the viewer’s film experience.
During the scenes on the screen with Chancellor Sutler, his face is zoomed in, which indicates that he is larger than life, rather than a human being. The closeups were made to give the people of London, as well as the viewers of this film, an effect of fear. This is effective because his characteristics are so zoomed in, that the viewer becomes scared of him, effectively portraying Sutler as the film’s villain.
Also, during a specific scene, the film flashes between Valerie’s story and Evey’s current predicament. In the scenes that show Valerie’s story, the lighting is very warm and has a yellow tone. This gives the audience a feeling of happiness and hope, but as the scene continues, the lighting becomes darker, showing a change in the emotions of the characters. In comparison, the lighting and color of Evey’s story are more of a bluish/greyish color, which represents the situation she is currently in, as she is being incarcerated and tortured.
Scenes that also have this contrast in color are the scenes in the office or the government, and the scenes in the ‘Shadow Gallery’ of V. The lighting used in government/office buildings are very clinical and has a blue/grey colored light to represent the government as cold and unfeeling. The lighting in V’s ‘Shadow Gallery’ has a warmer tone, illustrating a comforting feeling. Throughout the film, the colors worn by Sutler and his party are red and black, the colors are extremely sharp. These colors also represent death, which is how the film works. makers want the audience to represent Sutler and his party. The use of color further depicts Sutler and his party as the antagonists.
The music used in this film helps to create a mood in the scenes. Background music helps to encourage these feelings of distress during the thrilling scenes. An example of this is when V introduces himself to Evey, and while he bumps into alliteration, there is a thrilling classical piece playing in the background that helps to create a specific mood. As V accelerates his words, the music also accelerates and becomes more exciting until V carves his name into the poster, leading to the end of the music because it has reached its climax. Music is also used to symbolize
The situation in which the characters are in. One of the songs featured in V for Vendetta is Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which plays twice in the movie. The song was first played when V demolished the ‘Old Bailey,’ and also when the Parliament Building was destroyed. This song was written by Tchaikovsky to commemorate Russia’s defense against Napoleon’s troops. This song is also frequently used in the Fourth of July celebrations, which celebrate the adoption by the United States of America of the Declaration of Independence from Britain. On the other hand, the Parliament Building was demolished to represent the people’s rebellion against Sutner and his autocratic rule. After the destruction of the building, the explosions ended with fireworks. This could be compared to the celebrations of the Fourth of July, in which the citizens of the United States light fireworks and the use of the 1814 Overture. This particular piece gives the connotations of the Americans that the way V is rebelling against Sutler is similar to the way the Americans are rebelling against the British.
The factors mentioned above help to enhance the viewer’s impression of the film, as it gives the film more depth. Also, since V wears a mask throughout the film, the director needs to show V’s emotions through the lighting of the scene and the voice and body language of Hugo Weaving (the actor who played V). This has been done well because although the audience does not see the expression of V, the viewer feels his emotions about his situation with Evey and society. In my opinion, V for Vendetta is a good movie in terms of its ability to convey a mood to the audience through images, lighting, camera angles, and music.
This film was made as an adaptation of a comic book of the same name. The film does not serve directly as an adaptation of 1984, but it does contain similar themes and images. In V for Vendetta, both companies have the theme of physical control and control of information. Both texts contain government arrests and torture of people if they go against the government or if they are different. They are sent to detention centers where they are tortured and medically tested. Similarly, in 1984, the police government tortured and brainwashed anyone who believed against the ideals of Big Brother and the Party.
The two texts use technology to control their citizens. V for Vendetta has cameras all over the place to conduct mass surveillance of citizens, which is comparable to how ‘telescreens’ watched citizens in 1984. In 1984 and V for Vendetta, the information given to the public is written by the government, and all information is censored. For example, Winston and Evey work in a place where information is falsified by the government (Winston in the Ministry of Truth and Evey in the BTN), which is why they both do not believe the information provided by the government. 1984 and V for Vendetta both have televisions or ‘telescreens’
Homes of the people, where the government broadcasts its propaganda 24/7. In 1984, posters and pictures of Big Brother are everywhere, which is eerily similar to what happens to ‘V for Vendetta’ because of the pictures of Adam Sutler hung on the walls of people’s homes. One of the main slogans that predominated in 1984 was’ War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.’ It is similar to the government slogan in V for Vendetta,’ Strength through Unity, Unity through Strength,’ which is also displayed throughout London.
Difference Between V for Vendetta and 1984
The difference between 1984 and V for Vendetta is that Evey is tortured by the ‘government’ to betray V. Although we see that V was the one behind Evey’s torment, she does not give in and betray him. On the other hand, in 1984, Winston and Julia betrayed each other during their imprisonment. This change in the storyline led Evey to become separate from the cause, in terms of overthrowing the government. In 1984, Winston and Julia’s actions led to their mutual downfall and to the end of their plans to depose Big Brother and the government. This change in the storyline led to a different end in V for Vendetta, compared to 1984.
What is different for Vendetta between 1984 and V is the approach of the main characters in leading a revolt against the government. In 1984, the main characters Winston and Julia revolted against the government by acting passively in violation of the rules laid down by the government. The main character in V for Vendetta uses violence to obtain results and reach out to citizens to achieve his goal of revolting against the government. V is also helping to achieve its main goal through violence. By changing the tactics of V for Vendetta, the citizens overthrew the government, leaving the film happy, unlike what happened in 1984. The novel ends in 1984With the main characters brainwashed, the government succeeds in stopping the rebellion. These changes have been effective because they give audiences a sense of hope for a society in the future. This is different from what happened in 1984 because there is no optimistic end to it. In 1984, the brainwashing of Winston and Julia shows that the government can not be stopped once it is in power, although the results varied due to the different tactics used by the protagonists.
The main message of both texts is to warn society against totalitarianism. It shows that if society were to allow a totalitarian government to rule, there would be no freedom. This is one of the biggest themes for Vendetta in 1984 and V and serves as the backdrop for both stories. In conclusion, although the end is extremely different, V for Vendetta is a fairly good adaptation of 1984 in terms of its similarities in themes, the storyline (at least at the beginning), the use of technology and imagery.