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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Huge fan of this movie.
I watched the series then the movie last week. I still have trouble that Joss killed off two of the characters. Chiwetel makes an awesome villian, he is a great actor. I have not disliked him in a role.
"I am a leaf on the wind"
It takes awhile to set things up before the story really gets rolling. Those meeting the crew and entering this world for the first time are probably going to flounder a bit. Those already enamored will wish the story had gotten the television season treatment it needed; but will be delighted and horrified at developments in the movie.
There's a richness of concepts and diversity of characters here that rewards anyone seeking something beyond the pale.
Let's say 3.5 stars for newbs, 4 stars for fans.
I really get this film now and understand why it is so awesome, it did take watching the series, and leaving it for a while and watching it again but now I know this is amazing.
theres a bit of an uncomfortable defiance to it, i couldn't help reading the whole thing a bit like "here are all the plans for firefly season two, crushed into a couple of hours, just think all that you missed out on, what a rush this was to get done."
a blistering opening few minutes of reveals and slick filmmaking, and sparks of really great direction all over, though.
flawed by so much stuff going on and being packed in so tightly. when i watched it before I hadn't seen firefly, and a lot went over my head. but the characters do largely hold up from the series which is impressive, and its a mostly fun ride. that said, i…
Whedon at his big-screen best. Fun sci-fi/western/action flick with inventive writing and lots of heart.
Whedon at his big-screen best. Fun sci-fi/western blockbuster with lots of heart.
Okay, the "leaf on the wind" bit was absolutely uncalled for.
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