'V for Vendetta': Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Do you remember the quote, "Remember, remember the Fifth of November"?
It's a popular opening of a British rhyme in honor of Guy Fawkes Night, aka Bonfire Night, and was referenced in the 2006 film "V for Vendetta."
The date marks the anniversary of the celebration of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Guy Fawkes was part of a group of conspirators who wanted to blow up King James I, an Anglican, and replace him with a Catholic. Fawkes was discovered and arrested, however, which resulted in the celebrations of the king's survival on Nov. 5 that include fireworks (for the intended explosion) and bonfires, on which effigies of Fawkes are burned.
In a vaguely futuristic Britain in "V for Vendetta," a mysterious terrorist named "V" (Hugo Weaving) wearing a Guy Fawkes mask has fomented a revolution and detonated two London landmarks. He encounters the seemingly mild mannered Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) who because an unlikely ally in challenging the government.
The acclaimed film is a fan favorite as well, not only for the excellent vocal performance by Weaving and Portman rocking a shaved head, but also the labyrinthine plot and uncertain motivations. In short, if you haven't seen "V for Vendetta," yet, we'd highly recommend renting it. Shaved head or skull cap is optional.
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