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…
"I aim to misbehave..." Serenity is a perfect conclusion to my favorite show of all time, Firefly. Great directing by the master Joss Whedon, smart, witty writing and all the wonderful characters on the show are back to the way they were. The show should have continued, but, I'm glad Joss did the impossible, groundbreaking feat of making a movie based on a failed TV show due to it's cult fan base. I will be a brown coat until the day I die.
I thought this movie was OK, perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had seen Firefly?
I still think that this is a pretty brilliant, but sad, way to wrap the TV series.
Guilty pleasure sci-fi.
Watch all of Firefly on Netflix, then this, and explain to me why this story/show was cancelled?
Oh, how I love this goddamn film. I love it beyond reason. I love it for its witty banter, its guns and its cowboys, its heart, and I love it for its women warriors. Yes, plural. God and anything else out there bless you, Joss Whedon, for giving me a movie that gives me everything I love in a movie.
But fair warning, once God and anything else out there watches this movie they'll probably damn you for that one part. You know the one. Yeah, that one. Although really, everyone always talks about that one part, but there are really two parts. You awesome jerk you.
I feel as though I should award this movie more than 4 stars however, to be fair to all the other movies' feelings, it had a head start with the series Firefly. Still......if all science fiction movies were like Serenity.....I would be a science fiction fan.......touchdown!
Emotionally it's hard to separate Serenity from Firefly. That is to say, you probably shouldn't watch one without the other.
As such, Serenity's flaws speak mostly to Firefly being cancelled after only one season. There are things hinted at in Firefly that I was really looking forward to getting explained once and for all within the two-hour playtime of Serenity. But alas. Not every gaping hole within the series gets addressed; most notably, Shepherd's backstory is sorely missing.
And within that which does get explained, some of it feels inconsistent with Firefly. Most of that can probably be attributed to needing to wrap everything up with a mere two hours of film, so some shortcuts were needed. Plus, I'd guess…
If this was the last film I watched, I would be very content with that. There are some movies that make you feel whole. For me this is that movie.
Not my cup’a tea, I guess. I wasn’t a fan of Firefly. Never even heard of it until last year. So I didn’t need to see this.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…
- The Pitfall
- The Night of the Hunter
- Dead Man's Letters
- Reservoir Dogs
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