Though diehard fans probably will take issue, Serenity is mostly sci-fi silliness attempting to be something more substantive.
It is based on the short-lived Fox TV show Firefly, which attracted a cult following, and writer/director Joss Whedon squeezes out a few clever moments. But the characters are generally uninteresting and one-dimensional, and the futuristic Western-style plot grows tedious.
The story takes place 500 years in the future, when Earth has been destroyed by a war and the solar system taken over by a fascist alliance. A group of scruffy-but-hot rebels aboard the spaceship Serenity takes on the legions of evil fascists.
The frontier is planetary space. Much of the conflict centers on a psychic prodigy (Summer Glau) whom...
Phew - he didn't mess it up!
I saw the film at the final showing in Edinburgh with a non Firefly watcher. Not only did he not need to have seen it he nicked my DVD set afterwards.
There are some things newbies wouldn't know eg what Inara does. I don't think the film makes it clear - but it isn't needed so the fact newcomers won't know has absolutely no bearing on how they view the film.
I went basically hoping he hadn't screwed it up as I did enjoy the TV show - but I too loved the film. The following tries very hard to avoid any semblance of spoilers.
First - it looked like a big SF film which I wasn't expecting. Whedon does personal, he does character and he does humour. Not full on space battles. Apparently I was wrong with the latter.
I've seen pretty much al...
Serenity After a future war, a group from the losing side ply a trade of smuggling and theft - until they get involved with a girl whose secret could change the balance of power in the galaxy. Big screen adaptation of Joss Whedon's short-lived television series 'Firefly'
In a time when science fiction cinema is dominated by the fussy CGI and abominable scripting of the Star Wars prequels, or the misfiring bombast of The Island, a smaller, more intimate and more heartfelt film is a breath of fresh air. Not that Serenity lacks excitement and spectacular set-pieces, but they are balanced by strong characterisation, distinctive dialogue and largely effective performances.
It doesn't matter if you're not familiar with 'Firefly', the short-lived televi...
Episode conducive to scene, Aplomb is more engaging and certainly preferably written and acted than any of Mr. Lucas's late-model conceal entertainments.
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