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…
Nach einem erneuten FIREFLY-Rewatch gehört es natürlich dazu auch SERENITY noch einmal schauen. Der Streifen schafft es ganz gut die viel zu früh abgesetzte Serie zu einem runden Abschluss zu bringen.
Dabei tut ihm das Kinobuget sichtlich gut, auch wenn nicht jeder CGI-Effekt hundertprozentig sitzt.
Alle Hauptdarsteller der Serie sind wieder mit an Bord und es wird ein wenig düsterer und dramatischer als in der TV-Variante. Dazu darf River nun endlich einmal ihre Fähigkeiten zeigen. Überhaupt ist es der Handlungsbogen der Tam-Geschwister der den Streifen prägt.
Am Ende ist trotzdem Schade das man nicht noch öfter mit der "SERENITY" fliegen darf.
Letter Grade: B-
Serenity is a continuation film of the sci-fi tv series Firefly and overall it does a pretty good job of developing and tying up various themes, relationships and storylines. Chiwetel Ejiofor makes a particularly effective villain and there is good chemistry between the rest of the cast. The humour from the tv series is still there and talented writer/director Joss Whedon does a fine job of balancing everything out. The action sequences are well executed and the hand to hand combat scenes are cool. The production values and CGI slightly let the film down at times but there is much more good than bad in this enjoyable and exciting sci-fi romp.
Leider spielt der Film nur wenige Stärken der Serie aus. Für die Fans der Serie aber ein guter Abschluss.
For those, like me, invested in the characters and the universe Serenity has so much to give. Given its relatively humble ambitions, I think it's bordering on a masterpiece. It's almost perfectly paced, has bags of heart and humour (in all the right places), the broader River Tam story is so well wrapped into the plot of the film and, in Mal Reynolds, it has my favourite fictional character of all time (his decisive speech at Haven is epic).
It is let down only by budget constraints, one half-beat miss in pacing towards the end and a convenient character contrivance at a crucial time (which, admittedly, has a kick-ass pay off).
I can't believe it has been ten years since this movie was released, a major triumph in the books of fandom. Not only did we get our show revived, but the movie was fantastic and pure Whedon.
Watching it again, I am struck by how quickly it moves, how much dialogue is floating around, and way the story fits together. It was damn near perfect.
As a late fan to the show, Serenity wrapped it all up surprisingly well by just focusing on the series' biggest mysteries. Also, god damn Chiwetel Ejiofor, you make one fine villain.
It is sad however, that despite filling some of the biggest holes, Whedon created too expansive of a universe for this to ever satisfy fans wanting more exploration.
Tis now but a leaf on the wind...
Everyone loves a good underdog story. Back in 2002 a television series from Buffy/Angel creator Joss Whedon came out that was mashup of sci-fi and western genre, with interesting characters and an interesting storyline involving that of River Tam. Unfortunately it was short-lived, lasting eleven episodes before being pulled off air. After a very vocal online campaigns via various petitions and websites, Joss Whedon managed to find a way to bring the continuation of the story to the big screen in 2005. It's very rare for such a thing to happen but yet Serenity manages to make itself openly available to film viewers by giving them subtle introductions to the crew members in an almost single tracked style shot onboard…
Serenity gets the most out of its limited cast and budget, and first-time feature director Joss Whedon*, which I mean as the somewhat backhanded compliment it sounds like. The film has some plotting issues even if the broader narrative structure/story is a pretty dang good one, and the visuals are only marginally better than the show's, and the cast, while we all think of them fondly, are TV/character actors for a reason. With one exception.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, a legitimately world-class dramatic actor, is almost comically overqualified for the film, and he acts circles around the rest of the cast. His character, the Operative, is pretty damn well-written too (as are most if not all the characters really, though to a…
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The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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