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.
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…
Made me watch Firefly and confronted me with one of the greates mysteries known to man. Why on earth was this series cancelled?????
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…
Who knew Solomon Northrup could hold a grudge for 664 years?
It doesn't feel like a TV show gone to the movies, and that's a good thing. Whedon builds great universes and this one may be his most beloved.
Now, after finishing the TV series today (which I thought was fun, but merely ok), I decided to check out the film. Wow, was I in for a surprise or what? I thought this was a pretty damn fine sci-fi film which improved most of the flaws I found on the show. Sure, it might not have worked that well without the foundation of the show, but I still enjoyed the fact that it had better special effects, a sleeker direction, a tighter script, better dialogue, and a darker tone to it all. Not much else I can say. I really, really enjoyed this.
"If you can't do somethin' smart, do somethin' right."
"We done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."
Like Joss Whedon's second feature film as director, The Avengers, this is a film that has every reason not to have happened. That achievement alone is important. I also happen to love it. Full review and discussion on GTGC number 67.
"This is a good death. There is no shame in this."
Joss Whedon is so good at killing main characters, it's crazy. I only ever watched half the episodes of Firefly: it's hard for me in invest in something that never really got a chance to live. But I'm gonna revisit them now because this... this was awesome.
It just matters that you believe.
Seems to me this is the transition of a man classified as chaotic good to the champion of a cause. Also it is a conversation about two kinds of belief- a questioning sort that is committed to the defenseless and an unquestioning sort committed to the powerful. As David Sylvian sang for Nine Horses "Let revolution fill the air. Let's show that mother how much we care."
Würdiger Abschluss einer großartigen Fernsehserie, die leider viel zu früh eingestellt wurde. Bis zum Schluß packend, spannend und witzig.
Let's be bad guys.
Serenity is anything but bad. Joss Whedon took a long time to bring the beloved Firefly universe to the big screen, and in doing so he crafted a beautiful thank you to the longtime fans of his cancelled show.
All of the principals are back...almost. If there were one flaw to the film it would be the very limited time for Inara (Monica Baccarin) and, especially, Shepherd Book (Ron Glass). But this story isn't about them. This is very much a River Tam story, and she is being hunted by a nameless Parliament operative, played with incredible cool by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Everything is bigger and better. Whedon keeps the witty banter and the gunslinging western style, and the horror of the Reavers...all of which made the tv show a winner. Serenity was a labor of love and it shows, and it is a genuinely fun film.
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The results are in, Dave.
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