May 29, 2011 2 Comments
Now we come to the grand opus of the Movie of the Day revenge trilogy with Lady Vengeance. This is Park Chan-wook’s most operatic and grandiose movie. Out of all the movies in the trilogy, this is the prettiest looking movie of the group and one his best artistic endeavors. While not my favorite of the three, this is a crowning cap on the essence of revenge and the cycle of violence that happens. Before, I discussed that each movie centers around a different theme of revenge. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance dealt with revenge and the consequences of our actions when we want vengeance. Oldboy handle the idea of the revenge and the human condition, seeing how far a human being will go to exact revenge. Lady Vengeance is a story about redemption and salvation that comes from the act of revenge. Can one bury their past once the act of violence is complete? I think that this is the culmination of all the past themes of revenge and presented to us in a neatly wrapped package. Chan-wook gave us a look at revenge through the eyes of a female lead this time around and deep insight into the cold and calculating ways of a woman out for revenge.
Spoiler warning ahead of Lady Vengeance!