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…
Of course all Brown Coats rejoiced when this movie was finally released, but there is something for everyone in this flick. For me Whedon's whitty dialogue is usually enough to sell just about any project. Still, the unique plot, great effects and an ensemble cast that playes off each other as if they'd been doing it their whole lives. This is a character driven adventure, complete with space smugglers who talk like cowboys and swear in Chinese. Shiny! See this.
The only negative thing I have to say about this is that it wasn't nearly long enough.
We were robbed of a show full of potential and improvement. Serenity was an excellent wrap-up, but I still want more.
I have a feeling I will always want more.
"I am a leaf on the wind. Watch me soar."
The most frustrating thing about SERENITY it never lets you forget that this story would be so much better if it were played out over the course of a season of television. In its own right, the movie is enjoyable, but it feels fractured and scattered as though something much larger were cut to pieces and glued back together to fit in a smaller container. It's great getting to return to this world and these characters, but they deserved to have more space to breathe.
Both a great western and a great sci-fi flick, the characters are rich and the story unfolds with as much grace as River.
Still good the umpteenth time around.
Firefly is one of my all time favourite TV series; and Serenity definitely does it justice!
Its got the right amount of everything, comedy, action, thrill! Definitely worth a watch, even if you haven't watched Firefly.
AWESOME. But then again, I'm a fan.
Now that girl is hot af
Stands alone surprisingly well, though it obviously works even better if you're a fan of the show. And it was really nice to see the crew score a decisive victory (but not an unrealistic one) victory over the corrupt government.
- 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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