For those not
in the know, Serenity is based on the short-lived science fiction
series Firefly. Cancelled before it had a chance to thrive
by Fox, the Joss Whedon creation (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was a
unique mix of Old West horse and carriage and hi-tech space ships. The
fact that Serenity was even made is an amazing story. As Whedon
admits in one of his DVD interviews, cancelled shows do NOT get made
into major theatrical movies (hell most series that aren't cancelled
can't get a movie...reference Babylon-5). But the fans spoke and
somehow a miracle occured.
picks up just a few months after the end of Firely without missing a
beat, proceeding to wrap up many of the major plot threads of the
series. Sure some things are left out, but it is enough to make any
fan giddy. Most importantly, there are very few happy endings
here. You will see loss and you will see pain as the final
minutes unfold. That's the way it should be.
wrapping up plot threads effectively and pleasing the hard-core fans
(without which this movie would not have been made) does not a
great movie make. We have to consider the people coming into the
theater with zero exposure to the original series. And for that
percentage of ticket goers, the movie does little to deliver.
There are too many assumptions made and many of the character querks
that would be perfectly acceptable to the seasoned viewer are confusing
to the newbee. IE, why is the captain, Mal Reynolds (Nathan
Fillion) on the verge of kicking half of the crew off his ship all the
time? For that matter, why does the crew put up with it?
Where does the Inara character fit in? Why is River nuttier than
movie is clearly made for the staff, creator and fans. And that
is fine with us. To those people, who deserve it most, you will
get the closure you need (and this is a four star effort). For the non-fan, this isn't for you.
is indeed a great flick. But we have to scoff at many of the
reviews coming out touting Serenity as the next Star Wars and "as
intense as the Matrix". We don't know what was in their
wise, Serenity flows well with lulls and action well spaced. One
major complaint is the total lack of attention paid to the Inara and
Mal relationship. Why is Inara with the enemy? In the
theatrical cut and in the trailers we assumed she, a registered
companion (a woman for hire), had some relationship with him. And
to that end, things get confusing as there is no frame of reference for
this. However, looking at the DVD extras things make more
sense. More than half of the dropped scenes were based on Inara
and in our view should have never hit the cutting room floor. We
are dissapointed that the DVD did not come with a director's cut, as it
would have solved many problems.
that tone, the rest of the DVD special features make the purchase worth
while. Lots of personal footage, a great commentary and nothing
but honesty from Whedom and company. You can
really feel what they went through.
line, if you are a fan Serenity is a must own. If you are not,
stear clear or become one first (its not hard to fall in love with).