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

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