We should all shave our heads...
Natalie Portman did it, Sinéad O'Connor did it, Sigourney Weaver did it, the Neo-Nazis did it, hell...even Christopher Reeves did it before he passed away...we should all do it!
...but not because of a crappy Irish singer, Alien 3, hate crimes, or a Lex Luthor wannabe...we should do it for V for Vendetta!
WE SHOULD DO IT FOR THE POLITICALLY RECHARGED YOUTH!!! They'll all be doing it now and I'll be damned if I'm labeled a politically inferior square. I'm hip...and you can be too!
After countless years of not caring...the youth are finally waking up. Apparently...Movies, Music, Television, and MySpace have set a (steady, superficial) fire under the asses of the once lazy youth...MTV News is no longer their only news source.
V for Vendetta's success did more than solidify Natalie Portman's status as a leading actress in Hollywood.
It showed women with shaved heads could be attractive.
It showed that Guy Fawkes' masks are creepy.
And more importantly, it captured the mid-pubescent minds of the politically lethargic teens!
I've encountered several people (young & old) that loved the film...saying it was 'daring, controversial, dangerous!' and continued that 'it raised new questions and was an incendiary attack on the current administration, forcing the youth to question their government...'
Okay, I enjoyed the film...and I may even shave my head because of it...but was it really anything new? Question authority, terrorist wake-up calls, corrupt politicians, biased news...it's really nothing new. It was an above average action film, but to say that it will wake up the youth of today and create change within our current political climate...that's sort of ridiculous...It is a slight introduction to politics in the same way that The Matrix was a slight introduction to philosophy (same screenwriters). It may wet the tongue of the politically dry youth, but it won't do anything new for those of us who pay attention to current events. Am I overreacting? Maybe. At least they're starting to pay attention...sure. And if their tongues are wet, then they'll be thirsty for more...however, I do think there are better options.
If you feel like seeing a recent film that will raise questions and make you think of topics from different points of view...check out: Paradise Now, Munich, Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck, or Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.