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.
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.
Made me watch Firefly and confronted me with one of the greates mysteries known to man. Why on earth was this series cancelled?????
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…
"I see a head start to rise, violence is going to ensue!"
Serenity is a fantastic film, and does a great job at providing material for die-hard Firefly fans to enjoy while introducing the series to newcomers. The opening minutes of the film are quite an accomplishment, managing to eloquently introduce the characters and the world they live in without feeling forced or expositional at all. On that note,the film does a remarkable job at capturing the spirit of it's TV predecessor, incorporating all it's trademarks; darkly humorous wit, deep yet fun characters, and magnificent world-building. The film's tone oscillates between despondent and uplifting, but it never fails to resonate. Highly Recommended, but you should do yourself a favor and watch the series first.
Now I get why Joss Whedon got the Avengers gig. With great characters, sharp wit, and exhilarating action, Serenity is an exciting, heartfelt blockbuster epic masterfully directed by Whedon. And for fans of the short-lived series it's based upon, the film is also a satisfying, albeit heartbreaking, farewell to the beloved crew.
Fun sci-fi with good cast and script.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Still fun, but it's too bad it's starting to show its age already.
Pretty good. Liked the episodic Firefly a bit better, but the production value was obviously higher in this movie. Soundtrack and River's character both tie for most vastly improved from the show. Love the light humor sprinkled throughout.
p great, but not as good as the show
Director/writer Joss Whedon's ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", "Dollhouse") failed FOX TV series, "Firefly" has gained legendary status thanks to its re-discovery on DVD, its wonderful writing, interesting plots and characters, and the dedication of Whedon, the cast itself, and (the seemingly ever-expanding) legions of fans. The show really does deserve this status.
The film doesn't disappoint the fans of the show, nor does it isolate newcomers to the 'verse of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his eclectic crew. That's a difficult accomplishment. It's little wonder Disney snapped up Whedon, who is a multi-talented director, writer, and part of a family of TV/film writers, to helm "The Avengers". My only complaint with this is that Disney didn't utilize Whedon for its…
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