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...)
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.
After spending the past month finishing up my University assignments and edits, I took a much needed break and spent the last week re-watching what is still the best show in the whole damn verse, Firefly. Then, as I always marathon those episodes, I finished in a few days. I cry a little inside (and a lot outside) when Serenity disappears into the black for the last time. It's a strange sense of sadness to know that's where it ends for the show. So much left untold. So much left to see. We were given the short end of the stick, and well, we took that end, and that counts for something.
I was first introduced to Firefly a…
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 may not be the Firefly season 2 that everyone is waiting for, Serenity is nevertheless a terrific love letter to the fans from Jose Whedon.
At the very least, we are thankful that it didn't end up like Deadwood.
I know that this is Joss Whedon's tip of the cap to the fans of Firefly (and a fine tip of the cap it is), but man do I wish this show was still on TV! Such good characters and a fantastic story with the normal witty, Whedon-esque dialogue, this was Whedon's Avengers before there was The Avengers.
There were pretty strong indications that Whedon actually had some pull and input into James Gunn's direction with Guardians of the Galaxy, and I could see how Whedon would have some valuable input. From the smart and comical dialogue and the depth of Mal's character arc, Serenity is also Whedon's Guardians of the Galaxy. The comparisons don't need to be exhaustively explored…
Joss has a way with these kinds of stories. Put that together with a great cast and you've got a film that pushes all the right buttons. Unfortunately, I'm not objective enough to be able to tell you if I'd be recommending this film as strongly if I didn't like Firefly so much. But that shouldn't be much of a problem... I mean, you all love Firefly, right?
A bunch of outlaw space cruisers rescue a girl with vaguely undefined super human powers in combat and embark on a mission to spread an awful truth. Meanwhile they’re being annoyed by the slave in ’12 Years a Slave’ and a bunch of mad space rapists slash killers. It’s a plot that neither amounts to the dumbest nor one of the smarter science-fiction movies in my viewing history, but which does bring some action to the screen. I was lied about this being some hybrid between ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘The Fifth Element’, because although it attempted to be humorous, it didn’t succeed in that department well. The actors were fine though, especially Chiwetel Ejiofor as the main antagonist.
I haven't had a chance to watch the Firefly series so i didn't know what to expect but after watching the movie i went like "Joss Wheaton directed that".The movie was amazingly well directed with some insane spaceships (The best spaceships since star wars).
The storyline is really good and compelling and is shot in very beautiful sets and only thing the movie lacked was a good performance from a actor or actress.
Overall after watching the movie you will definitely add the firefly series to your watchlist.
Joss tells a fine tale.
The movie isn't necessarily 4 stars, this rating is for the whole series.
I fall more in love with this movie every single time I watch it. I love this rough band of misfits so much. I think a huge reason why people, or at least me, love this world is because it's so grounded. It's set in a futuristic setting, but it maintains a homey sense of modesty. It's all very natural and likable, even when River Tam is kicking some serious ass. It's also an equally exciting and smart sci-fi. It's not marred by an over-excess of heady mumbo jumbo. This film speaks right to the core: humanity. This succeeds because it puts the humans before the sci-fi and it doesn't sacrifice its intelligence in the process. Plus I fucking love…
Joss Whedons love letter to the fans of the cancelled 'Firefly' is a wonderful triumph of a film. Managing to take the series wonderfully to the big screen an answering a few of the questions the series sadly never got a chance to answer.
"Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define "interesting".
Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die?"
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