15th June 2018

Scene Analysis 3.9

The movie ‘V for Vendetta’ directed by James McTeigue, displays many examples of film techniques used to convey messages in the film including the use of juxtaposition, colour, and slow motion. These techniques are shown in both the dominos scene and the final fight scene of the film and channel the collapse of the society that V has been determined to make fall, and the result of his actions against the state. As anarchy starts to set in amongst the city, the film techniques display the results.

The dominos scene in V for Vendetta is set in V’s hideout, V is seen placing a single domino in front of himself, while the shot cuts to delivery trucks distributing mass amounts of Guy Fawkes masks around the city. McTeigue uses the techniques of juxtaposition to deliver the message of the collapse of power that the government has over the people of London now, as V’s mask serves the purpose of anonymity and the ability to act freely as they have been unable to do in fear of prosecution. The scene then shows both a young girl playing with her Guy Fawkes mask on, and a close up shot of a man robbing a store with the same shown mask; these two images serve as parallels to each other: one as how freedom is innocent and is something to be enjoyed, much like a child playing. The other lets the viewer see how the roots of anarchy are setting into the city and how the lack of discipline within the streets is affecting those within. With this, a voice over of Eric Finch, the Minister of Investigation, describes how “I suddenly had this feeling that everything was connected. It’s like I could see the whole thing, one long chain of events that stretched all the way back before Larkhill. I felt like I could see everything that happened, and everything that is going to happen. It was like a perfect pattern, laid out in front of me. And I realised we’re all part of it, and all trapped by it.”. The many dominos represent their society as a whole, and how when one falls, they all fall and create a new, changed pattern from the singular starting domino which represents V. The dominos juxtapose the rising situation which is seen throughout the city; as the image of the dominoes begins to come together piece by piece, it is being readied to create a masterpiece and an entirely new symbol as a whole, out of many individuals. The extreme close-up which comes with V flicking the first domino, to create his final picture, is used to convey the importance of his final action. He uses the rest of the dominos, or members of the city, to create one final and grand change, which cannot be reversed unless starting over again. Many events have led up to the anarchy and freedom of the state, the final event is seen as the scene cuts to the same little girl who had been playing in a Guy Fawkes mask, being shot by one of the patrolling officers, triggers the fall of the first domino. People are pushed to the point of frustration from the lies and injustice of the state that they choose to no longer live in ignorance, but instead, take action and fight against the injustices which have been placed upon them.

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