Narrative Structures Essay

605 Words Apr 6th, 2008 3 Pages
Unit 1 - Narrative Structures

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta (V4V) is the first film by director James McTeigue and was released in 2005. V4V is set in a very near futuristic London which is now under control by a very strict & fascist government which controls what the public believes through their materialised media network. One night, London is rocked by a bombing of the crown court followed soon by a mysterious character simply named ‘V’ taking over the news network and revealing his agenda to the public. A determined experienced detective is on the trail of ‘V’ but also finds out himself about the corruption within the government and a personal vendetta that V holds against the government. The way the narrative is delivered can
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The director Alejandro González Iñárritu had previously been known for his ‘alternative’ style of storytelling but had made his international mark with 21 Grams. As opposed to V4V, 21 Grams doesn’t have a ‘Equilibrium – Disturbance – Equilibrium’ because the film is edited in a non-linear arrangement where the viewer will see focus on 3 of the main characters but will switch every 1 – 5 minutes, making it very hard to understand at first. The film’s style of storytelling can be compared to films such as Memento & Babel (who Alejandro González Iñárritu also directed) because of the similar alternative/non-linear storytelling. Recently, films that communicate the story through several main characters (Crash, Babel. Etc) have been successful because of the impact they have on the audience, not because of the nature of the story but because the audience will see it from different perspectives allowing the viewer to draw his/her own conclusion unlike linear narratives where the viewer is forced on a ‘what you get is what you see’. Crash is a perfect example to demonstrate the opposite of this, since the film strongly revolves around racism the viewer sees the story from the stereotyped ‘young black gangsta’ and the ‘white racist cop’ instead of only seeing from one of these characters. When compared to other ‘alternative’ films 21 grams definitely sets its own standards by being completely original, in terms of editing, plot & storytelling and is

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