Mary Shelley wrote the first science fiction novel in 1816. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, is the story of Victor Frankenstein, his monstrous creation, and his punishment by the hands he created. V for Vendetta is a science fiction movie that shares Frankenstein’s love of Shakespeare and the theme of evil blowing back upon its creator.
The defining moment in western political history took place in Surrey England on June 15,1215. The Magna Carta, granted by King John on the field of Runnymede, gives Englishmen forever certain rights, perhaps most crucially the right not to be “taken or imprisoned or disseized or exiled or in anyway destroyed … except by the lawful judgment of (his) peers or by the law of the land.” V for Vendetta is a political movie that reminds us what a great advance the rule of law is over totalitarian despotism.
While it would speak better for our world if these themes were not so relevant today, V for Vendetta is a powerful movie because it addresses such central concerns. It is not perfect, but it is by far the best movie ever made from a comic book.