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?????
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…
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.
Interesting to watch as a proof of concept for the balance of action and quippy humour in The Avengers. But without the big budget spectacle or the charismatic actors I found this one a little hard to get through at times. Special psychic girl is especially grating.
Joss Whedon has brought nerds like myself a lot of goodies through his years as a writer and a director.
One of the biggest crimes in television history, was the premature death of his sci-fi/western/action/comedy series Firefly, which, I confess, is possibly my favourite Whedon outing to this day.
Luckily, those few fans who managed to catch it before it went off the air, and the larger following it later picked up with the DVD release, pressed on, and Whedon was given green light to finish it off with a feature film - thus Serenity was born.
The film picks up quickly with a very short introduction to the universe were in, and then it's straight into action as Simon…
My daughter watched Firefly from start to finish and went nuts over it, so tonight we capped it off with Serenity. It was great seeing it again ... it may have it's flaws but it's an old friend, just like the series.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Half star deduction for killing Wash. One of those cinematic moments I can never forget. And can never forgive.
Stumbled across this in my channel surfing. At the time of writing this there was this whole Black Widow "You're not the only monster on the team" saga going on.
So I thought I watch Josh's earlier work in the form of Serenity. Like I'm on the side that Black Widow handled very well by Josh's run even though that infamous scene was sloppy.
Putting that to one side Serenity is a solid flick. I can see why it has a cult following.
This week I became a late convert of Joss Whedon's short-lived cult classic space western, FIREFLY. The show was great; equal parts rousing entertainment with a lovably cheesy aesthetic and sensibility, with a mighty grasp on humor and charisma. It featured an ambitious 9-person crew, who grew together like a spectacular chosen family, loyalty forging a bond where everyone was irreplaceable. The best episodes of the show rollicked with their limited budget, contemplating philosophical questions, as much as they encouraged witticisms and gunfights.
SERENITY, the follow-up film, is a successful work of sci-fi, that feels distinctly odd in comparison to its foundational series. The $40 million budget yields a bigger ship with moodier lightning, more technical camerawork, and effects that…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When I first saw this film I had never seen Firefly or even knew it existed. I didn't like it then, and now I know why. At the time I first saw it I thought I was watching just any old film when in truth I was watching the TRUE season finale of a show I'd never heard of. Relationships and characters set out before that I'd never even heard of before. (Shepherd Book for example got maybe a minute of screen time before he was killed off which would have absolutely NO emotional impact on a newbie to the Firefly universe but hurts the hearts of those who were fans of the show)/ Now, after binge-watching Firefly in a…
Absolutely brilliant ending to Firefly.
Haven't seen this since 2005. A slight space romp, but one that accelerates above average on the strength of good performances and humane, witty dialogue. The action beats and narrative are more rudimentary than I recalled, but it's good, fun, especially during the opening hour.
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