Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November
It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve written a general blog post that wasn’t a review or a list. Most people who know comics or comic book movies, or are in the UK know that the 5th of November is Guy Fawkes Day. Here in the US, it’s not that important of a day outside of the fact that it is very prominent in the movie V for Vendetta. And it seems like more than any other movie, this is one that tends to get reviewed most often on or around the fifth of November. And, unsurprisingly I had also intended to watch and review this movie around this time for the past two years of writing on this site, and yet I have been unable to remember the fifth of November until this very year. Although I won’t be able to post my review tonight, I will be watching the film tonight.
It got me thinking about how few movies actually take a specific date and create importance out of it, aside from some of the major holidays. The only other examples that I can think of are Groundhog Day and Independence Day. And even though the 4th of July is a relatively major holiday here in the US, there are not a lot of movies that are actually focused around that date or the event. I am admittedly one of those ignorant Americans who knows nothing at all about what the fifth of November actually means outside of what is presented in V for Vendetta, a movie that I haven’t seen in years before today. And yet, every year dozens of reviews more or less tend to pop up around this time for this movie because of the line “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!” There’s almost nothing else more memorable from this movie outside of the white Guy Fawkes mask than those lines of that poem. So much so that here’s a few reviews and podcasts that have popped up this year about the movie to commemorate the day. And I will be adding my own review to the pile here in the next day or two depending on how long it takes me to put my thoughts into writing. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.