For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
Can't stop the signal.
When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.
Dear 'Who Ever Was Responsible For Cancelling Firefly",
I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for sadistic pleasure in annoying fanboys, I am in no position to stop you, as I do not have patience for people like you. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you bring Firefly back now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
(Just kiddin', o'course, but seriously, mate, do all of us a favour and bring it back. I won't ask nicely again...)
Every single time....
In good company
Caught in the momentum
Lump in throat
Completely and utterly miserable
Every single time.....
A damn near perfect film - fun, entertaining, always moving forward, never stopping to re-fuel. It's a testament to Whedon's brilliant writing, directing, characters and actors that it works nearly just as well stand-alone as it does when viewed after Firefly.
Made me watch Firefly and confronted me with one of the greates mysteries known to man. Why on earth was this series cancelled?????
This is one of those films I can watch over and over again whilst never feeling that it loses any of the spark or brilliance it had on the first watch. Seriously, I just love everything about this film, and of course the series that spawned it (CURSE YOU FOX!!).
You've got one of the greatest groups of characters I've seen, with each of them being at least one other person's favourite (hint: mine's Wash). You've got the sarcastic, witty dialogue that's just endlessly quotable. Of course you can't forget the stunning visuals, especially the tracking shot of epicness that introduces you to the already-mentioned amazing characters. There's a space battle in an ion cloud (whatever the hell that is). A seventeen year old girl kicks the shit out of pretty much everyone.
Oh, and it's a space western. If that doesn't convince you to watch this, nothing will.
People talked about this being the Star Wars for the new millennium. That's a bold statement and something not everyone agrees with. We had three prequels from Mr Megabucks Lucas of questionable quality that slightly tarnished and I mean only slightly tarnished his original trilogy. "Serenity" was a whole new kettle of fish and one that stood on it's own two feet and shouldn't have been compared to Lucas's genre-defining blockbusters.
A simple story told really well with great special effects, a witty script and some novel twists on the future of mankind, this was a very clever film and television series that ended all too soon. Comparisons are always made and I don't think this was ever truly appreciated…
I really wanted to like this. As I write this review I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what I give it in a star rating, because I really didn't like the film, but it of course has some production value, good ideas and yes, catchy dialogue. That said, it also feels like a movie I accidentally walk in on half-way through, even at it's almost 2 hour run time. Without having seen the show, which feels like a prerequisite, the characters are unexplained and feel wooden with sometimes witty lines they spout out. Really, I wasn't entirely sure what the hell was going on in this film. Maybe I wasn't paying great attention? I dunno, but it…
Whilst you do not have to watched Firefly to enjoy this movie, it does help.
I loved Firefly and it remains a simple travesty that it was cancelled after only one amazing series. Nathan Fillion is the best (and from a die hard star wars fan that is a big statement) Star Ship captain out there. More Han Solo than Han Solo, the movie zips along at a pace George Lucas should have studied.
- rewatched "Firefly" series with wife & ended up here.
- it's annoying how much story/screen time is wasted on developing Simon vs. Mal & River vs. everybody in spite of the need to educate an audience unfamiliar with the show. the dialogue for these parts belongs to that hurried, first draft bully-talk. all could've been summed up w/o dialogue much quicker. as it is, the conflicts between the above parties are so lazily constructed that they must be repeated as standoffs again and again. and if you have to repeat yourself, you ought to revise.
- it's funny how Whedon's heroes (heroines, too) are incapable of ruling except by the sword. i can't think of a project he's worked on where…
What a beautiful culmination to a wonderful short-lived series. This movie had everything you could hope for in terms of closure, plus a quality of picture that could, at the time, only be achieved with a movie budget.
We lose some of our favorite characters, and it will never stop hurting, but this is one of those movies I could watch and re-watch over and over without ever losing the love.
In the aftermath of a galactic civil war, the crew of spaceship Serenity have ended up on the losing side, resorting to mercenary work in order to survive. Brother and Sister Simon and River Tam have sought refuge aboard the ship after Simon infiltrates the Alliance facility and extracts his telepathic sister, River, who has been the subject of experimentation.
Evading capture by the Alliance is the number one priority for both groups and after a simple job goes awry, River demonstrates just what she is capable of.
I never get bored of this film! The Firefly series is just as good. Whedon can do no wrong for me. Who could argue? Buffy, Avengers Assemble to name the obvious.
There's a character for everyone to relate to. A must see for any Sci-Fi fan.
Serenity habe ich schon vor Firefly gekannt und bin froh, dass diese kurze Serie einen würdigen Abschluss gefunden hat.
Firefly ist Kult und gut!!!
(In meiner Bio habe ich mein Serienverhalten untergebracht, da Letterboxd das nicht unterstützt.)
I think if you haven't seen Firefly, it could all be a bit too much.
Of course, this isn't for people who haven't seen Firefly, so that doesn't really count as a criticism.
Fun, quirky, action-filled, the same lovable characters, neat sci-fi, fraying the edges of morality without anything too substantial = a worthy film follow up to the series. No real resolution, but once again the crew is there and the mission is complete
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…
- The Pitfall
- The Night of the Hunter
- Dead Man's Letters
- Reservoir Dogs
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