Thursday, 21 April 2011

Review - Serenity (2005 - Dir. Joss Whedon)

Watch the first season of Firefly before watching this film, if you haven’t seen it already. Serenity will be much more rewarding if you do.

After Firefly was cancelled midway through its first season, a small following said goodbye to one of the best TV series ever. Miraculously, Joss Whedon (writer/director) got the chance to give us a more satisfactory conclusion in the form of Serenity.

The cast is uniformly excellent (Nathan Fillion is great in everything he does), the dialogue snappy and witty, believable special effects, involving story with revelations that tie up the TV series, rousing music (the piece over the opening credits sends a shiver down my spine every time - play loud!) Why it didn’t win loads of Oscars, I’ll never know. Well, maybe it’s because the powers that be only grudgingly give awards to science fiction. Serenity in years to come will be fondly remembered and watched, just like The Thing (1982). Who actually still watches Ghandi now? (Ghandi won the best picture award in 1982.) Minor rant over.

One of the best things about this film is the sense of danger. It feels like any one of the characters could be killed at any point. In some polls Serenity has placed above Star Wars. Watch it and decide for yourself.


If you like this you could also try:
Firefly (TV), Buffy (TV), Angel (TV), Dollhouse (TV), Hellboy, Tremors, Slither

1 comment:

  1. The others do a good job gushing about the movie. Sure we're fans and bound to like the movie more than the usual fare, but those looking for an original and thrilling movie experience, this will shock and amaze. The Firefly world introduced a fantasy home for many of us, with characters we truly cared about and dilemmas we could get behind. The best way to describe it is to take the best aspects of the Han Solo elements of the original Star Wars, and build a world around that. > Reviews Serenity 2005
    There's no grand theme or clear cut good and evil. There's just a band of fugitives trying to make their way in a dangerous sky. It's something folks can relate to, although most of us won't be in a space battle or fighting psychotic creatures anytime soon. The point of the name Serenity is the name of the ship, though in a deeper sense that's what our characters are in search of. Finding freedom and a home, and that's what the ship represents to them, and to the fans. So you understand why so many are so excited about this dinky little scifi flick.

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