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?????
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…
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.
Definitely made for fans of the show. No character moments To establish who was who - everyone was who they were and if you didn't know them, tough luck - outside of Chiwetel Ojifor's villain, who was a pretty classic Whedon villain.
First of all it's my bad, but I didn't know this movie is based on a tv-series. I really don't like Nathan Fillion, and there were some other bad performances, even so, I can't tell it was a bad movie, but definitely not my taste.
Despite getting a tad too thrillery and 1984ish, this is still Firefly. It’s not a just a movie, but another one of Joss Whedon’s adventures in the series. It’s unlike all the other episodes, but that only keeps the continuity considering how different they already were. There’s no reason to educate anyone as to why this is brilliant, because there are only two possible scenarios in which you’ll be reading this:
1. you have never watched Firefly; or
2. you have watched Firefly.
Get from one to two, and you’ll know why this movie’s amazing.
I don’t give fives to anything except the best I’ve ever seen, and halves are dead to me. I was nevertheless tempted to put this among the top ones. I can’t, however, because it’s not even the best Firefly episode. I’ll simply have to wait for television series to be ratable in order to give Firefly as a whole its deserved fivestar rating.
χμ, o Whedon δεν σκοτωσε κανεναν αυτη τη φορ... oh never mind
Esta vez no me ha convencido tanto como la primera, la he visto más simple en todos los aspectos, aunque ojalá se hicieran más películas así.
Los actores no me han convencido nada.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm putting the spoiler right up front in this review: I will never forgive Joss Whedon for killing Wash. I'm still bitter at the fact that Book gets killed in this film but at lest his death served a narrative purpose. Wash's death has that "just because I can" feel to it. Yes I know the decision was made because of contractual issues but that doesn't change the fact that it feels clumsy and unnecessary.
As usual, I watch Firefly before diving into Serenity and I come up with the same teeny, tiny issue. The conflict between Mal and Simon was more or less put to rest on the series since the last episode of the series made it clear…
Went into Serenity not knowing what to expect. Only that it was a
sci-fi adventure written and directed by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer among other tv shows. Including a short-lived fourteen episode season of Firefly, which I hadn't seen but heard that this was what Serenity was based upon.
Well the movie was rock solid -- enjoyable story; pirate adventure in space; the dreaded Reavers; captain Mal Reynolds in Han Solo form; the girl named River who has a very deep, deadly secret; the amorous and beautiful escort, Inara, played by sexy Morena Baccarin; lots of action and firefights and a hint of romance between two of the passengers. (watch the movie if you want…
People usually complain when a film doesn't quite match the source material, and as someone who doesn't really read, it's not something I really have to worry about. I have however just finished (and thoroughly enjoyed) Firefly.
And following it up with Serenity did bring a handful of disappointments in comparison (spoilers):
- Mal's character is slightly off at times, including been a complete asshole at some points.
- The characters interact more like just a crew than a family.
- Part of the terror of the Reavers in Firefly was never actually seeing them.
- Reavers are no longer a result of space dementia.
- They essentially backtracked Simon and River's arc to halfway through the season.
In a just 'verse this wouldn't be the swan song for Firefly. Not by a long shot. By the way, River could totally have kicked the ass of those Alliance guys.
For those of us that still love and cherish physical media, commentary tracks are an important aspect that make owning…