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…
Tal vez es por haberla visto (casi) inmediatamente despues de Firefly, pero la sensación mientras la veía era la de que nunca consigue liberarse de aquella, pareciendo más la finale de una serie que un largometraje. Pero claro, cuando me paro a pensarlo... ¿no es precisamente eso, en gran medida, lo que es y lo que pretende ser?. Y tal vez por esa cercanía (dependencia, diría) con la serie, aprovecha el desarrollo de los personajes llevado a cabo, en mayor o menor medida, en 14 capítulos anteriores.
En cualquier caso, como tal funciona francamente bien, mantiene los elementos reconocibles de la serie, empezando por ese ritmo, altísimo y constante, a veces incluso excesivo, sin apenas dar tiempo para digerir lo que va sucediendo. Un final satisfactorio para una serie que lo necesitaba, aunque inevitablemente parezca algo precipitado.
Furchtbar. Wenig innovativ, geradezu schlampig gedreht, das schmale Budget verpflichtet nicht in den von Alber Pyun oder Asylum abonnierten Steinbrüchen zu drehen. Was zu verschmerzen wäre, wenn die Figuren sowas wie Sympathie ausstrahlen würden, bzw. der Zuschauer überhaupt Empathie empfinden würde. Im Grunde ist das alles einfach egal. Und wenn die Hälfte der Crew am Ende draufgeht. Who cares?
Die Sprüche und ähem Witze wurden sind die Resteverwertung von George Lucas, die er aus Star Wars übrig hatte.
Thanks, but no thanks.
A good conclusion to Firefly. I doubt this would be a good standalone film as it almost requires watching the series to understand both the world and the characters. The Firefly style changed a bit as I don't think the episodic feel would have translated well to a film so it works with what it has to.
Watched with John and Fran at their West Didsbury flat
I don't know how well the film works for non-fans, but for me it's a great close to the series, though some characters do get side-lined in the process.
My review -- now I would like to begin by saying this one more time, I am not against any film project or performer, with that being said I will choose my wording softly. Now on to this film review, this film is now on DVD and it took a loss of $130,000, which I can partially understand why, because I had so many problems watching this film. The list is as follows, the pace of this film is just stop and start and the tempo is nonexistent just for an example, I have tried to sit down and watch this film on every occasion apart from the last time I tried to watch this film, I had fallen asleep…
Serenity is a peace offering to fans after the too-soon cancelled Fox space opera series, Firefly, a fitting end to a beloved short series. If nothing else, we can thank the movie for retroactively creating a new crop of fans of the series, even though it was too little too late to bring the show back. Today, Netflix or Kickstarter might have resurrected Firefly, but in 2005, a cancellation was a death sentence, and any content at all to conclude a series was rare. It is perhaps for that reason that the movie does not work quite as well as the show; writer/director Joss Whedon seems to have been so aware that this was his last shot, that he tried…
One of the finest films of the sci-fi genre as Joss Whedon brings the world of Firefly to the big screen as Mal and the gang kick some ass and look cool doing it.
Apart from a couple of nice sci-fi ideas, I thought Serenity was average and a rushed conclusion to the Firefly series. The special effects were good for TV but not for the big screen. The story is probably the film’s strength, but perhaps only makes sense for the die-hard Firefly fans.
I liked the discussion against the ship breaking atmosphere. Very smart - never seen that done. And the space battle face off at the end was very cool. They obviously didn't have the cash to make the most out of it unfortunately.
Chiwetel Eijefor was the stand out among the cast. A shame it had to end like this.
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- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
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- The Big Lebowski
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